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Apple Computers

It was the favourite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in

filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple

Computers if the other colleagues didn’t suggest a better name by 5 O’clock.


It is not an acronym as popularly believed. It is short for San Francisco.


This name was formed by using COMp, for computer, and PAQ to denote a

small integral object.


The name was derived from the founde?s name Dr. Michael Cowpland. It stands

for COwpland RE search Laboratory


The name started as a joke boasting about the amount of information the

search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named ‘Googol’, a word

for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros.After founders – Stanford

graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel

investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google’


Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a

computer anywhere in the world.When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the

business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in ‘mail’

and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters «html» – the programming

language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with

selective uppercasing.

Hewlett Packard

Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company

they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.


Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company ‘Moore

Noyce’ but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain so they had to settle

for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.

Lotus (Notes)

Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from ‘The Lotus Position or

‘Padmasana’. Kapor used to be a teacher of Transcendental Meditation of

Mahaiishi Mahesh Yogi.


Coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to

MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the ‘-‘ was

removed later on.


Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started

manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was

called Victrola.


Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the CIA

(Central Intelligence Agency). The code name for the project was called Oracle

(the CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions or something

such). The project was designed to help use the newly written SQL code by

IEM. The project eventually was terminated but Larry and Bob decided to finish

what they started and bring it to the world. They kept the name Oracle and

created the RDBMS engine. Later they kept the same name for the company.


It originated from the Latin word ‘sonus’ meaning sound, and ‘sonny’ a slang

used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.


Founded by 4 Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym for Stanford

University Network. Andreas Bechtolsheim built a microcomputer; Vinod

Khosla recruited him and Scott McNealy to manufacture computers based on it,

and Bill Joy to develop a UNIX-based OS for the computer.


The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book ‘Guffiver’s

Travels’. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is

barely human. Yahoo’ Founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name

because they considered themselves yahoos.

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