The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver'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.
The Greek root "xer" means dry. The inventor, Chestor Carlson, named his
product Xerox as it was dry copying, markedly different from the then
prevailing wet copying.
Founded by four Stanford University buddies, Sun is the acronym for Stanford
From the Latin word 'sonus' meaning sound, and 'sonny' a slang used by
Americans to refer to a bright youngster.
"Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing", formed by four ex-IBM
employees who used to work in the 'Systems/Applications/Projects' group of
Company founder Marc Ewing was given the Cornell lacrosse team cap (with red and white stripes) while at college by his grandfather. He lost it and had
to search for it desperately. The manual of the beta version of Red Hat
Linux had an appeal to readers to return his Red Hat if found by anyone!
Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The code name for the project was called
Oracle (the CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions or
Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started
manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was
It was coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to
MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the '-' was
removed later on.
Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from the lotus position or
'padmasana.' Kapor used to be a teacher of Transcendental Meditation of
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
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.
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company
they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.
Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing email 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 upper casings.
The name started as a jockey boast 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'.
The name is not an acronym but an abbreviation of San Francisco. The
company's logo reflects its San Francisco name heritage. It represents a
stylized Golden Gate Bridge.
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 got its name because its founders got started by applying patches to code
written for NCSA's httpd daemon. The result was 'A PAtCHy' server - thus,
the name Apache.
The name came from the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of
founder John Warnock.