Business

How 50 Big Companies Got Their Names

Every company has rumors about how they earned their name. For example, it’s rumored that BuzzFeed was named after founders Jonah Buzz and Mark Feed. (Not true.) Here’s the real story behind the names of fifty companies that you’ve probably heard of.

  • 1. 3M

    3M

  • 2. 7-11

    7-11

  • 3. Adidas

    Adidas

  • 4. Adobe

    Adobe

  • 5. Amazon.com

    Amazon.com

  • 6. AMC Theaters

    AMC Theaters

  • 7. Arby's

    Arby's

  • 8. Arm & Hammer

    Arm & Hammer

  • 9. Atari

    Atari

  • 10. AT&T

    AT&T

  • 11. Audi

    Audi

  • 12. Bridgestone

    Bridgestone

  • 13. Canon

    Canon

  • 14. Coca-Cola

    Coca-Cola

  • 15. Comcast

    Comcast

  • 16. ConocoPhillips

    ConocoPhillips

  • 17. CVS

    CVS

  • 18. Duane Reade

    Duane Reade

  • 19. eBay

    eBay

  • 20. Garmin

    Garmin

  • 21. Geico

    Geico

  • 22. Hasbro

    Hasbro

  • 23. H&R Block

    H&R Block

  • 24. IBM

    IBM

  • 25. Ikea

    Ikea

  • 26. Kia

    Kia

  • 27. Lego

    Lego

  • 28.

  • 29.

  • 30. Nikon

    Nikon

  • 31. Nintendo

    Nintendo

  • 32. Nissan

    Nissan

  • 33. Nokia

    Nokia

  • 34. Pepsi

    Pepsi

  • 35. Qualcomm

    Qualcomm

  • 36. QVC

    QVC

  • 37. Reebok

    Reebok

  • 38. Saab

    Saab

  • 39. Sega

    Sega

  • 40. Sharp

    Sharp

  • 41. Sony

    Sony

  • 42. Sprint

    Sprint

  • 43. Starbucks

    Starbucks

  • 44. Taco Bell

    Taco Bell

  • 45. Verizon

    Verizon

  • 46. Virgin

    Virgin

  • 47. Vodafone

    Vodafone

  • 48. Volkswagen

    Volkswagen

  • 49. Walmart

    Walmart

  • 50. Wendy's

    Wendy's

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