Ever wondered how Nike got its Swoosh? Or where “Starbucks” came from? Read on!
The name “Nike” originates from Greek Mythology – she was the winged goddess who personified victory. The swoosh symbolizes her flight!
The original concept for “Skype” was “sky-peer-to-peer” (which also explains the cloud concept for their logo). This was obviously too long a name – it morphed into Skyper and subsequently Skype.
3. 7 Eleven
Originally named “U-Tote’m,” the convenience store chain was renamed 7 Eleven in 1946 to reflect their newly extended hours (7am to 11pm!)
4. Coca Cola
Coca Cola, a carbonated mix of coca leaves and Kola nuts (for flavoring). The “K” was changed to a “C” to make the name look better. Oh the power of alliteration!
The name Pepsi hails from the digestive enzyme “Pepsin” – who would have thought a soft drink would be named after an enzyme? Strange.
The Starbucks empire was named after “Starbuck,” a character from the novel Moby-Dick!
One of Richard Branson’s employees suggested “Virgin” as a name, as they were “complete virgins” at business (at the time, that is!)
eBay was part of the Echo Bay Technology Group – however EchoBay.com was already taken by a mining company from Nevada. The second choice was eBayy!
Mattel was derived from a combination of the founders’ names – Harold “Matt” Matson and Elliot Handler.
Reebok is a stylized version of the word “rhebok,” which is an African antelope. Run – run like an antelope!
Funny isn’t it! What are your favourites?