How the world's most valuable brands got their names

Origins Of The World's Most Valuable Brand Names
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How the world's most valuable brands got their names
"The name -- a play on the word "googol," a mathematical term for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros—reflects Larry and Sergey's mission to organize a seemingly infinite amount of information on the web." (Source: Google)
In Korean, the word Samsung represents "three stars." In this case the "three" represents something big, powerful and numerous. (Source: Korea Daily)
Louis Vuitton was the French businessman who started the company. (Source: Louis Vuitton)
Bayerische Motoren Werke or in English -- Bavarian Motor Works (Source: BMW)
"Actually not an acronym, as often assumed. It's just San Francisco without the San Fran, which is why the "c" was not capitalized originally." (Source: Newser)
Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a project for the CIA codenamed "Oracle." Afterwards, they took the name for their company. (Source: Hong Kiat)
"Toyota was started in 1933 as a division of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works devoted to the production of automobiles under the direction of the founder's son, Kiichiro Toyoda." The name was changed from "Toyoda" to "Toyota" in 1936 when the company held a competition for a new name. The change was due to the number of strokes it took to write "Toyota" in Japanese (eight), which was supposedly lucky. (Source: BBC News)
Named for the founder -- Walt Disney
"Adolphus [Busch] coined the label 'Budweiser,' a name that would appeal to German immigrants like himself, yet could be easily pronounced by Americans." (Source: Budweiser)
Named for the founder -- Soichiro Honda
Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing (SAP) formed by four ex-IBM employees who "used to work in the ‘Systems/Applications/Projects’ group of IBM." (Source: Hong Kiat)

"The symbol was selected because it uses the two letters of the Verizon logo that graphically portray speed, while also echoing the genesis of the company name: veritas, the Latin word connoting certainty and reliability, and horizon, signifying forward-looking and visionary." (Source: Verizon)

Named for the Greek goddess of victory
"Invented around the same time as its chief competitor, Pepsi again contained kola nuts along with pepsin, a digestive aid. Like coca leaves in 'Coke,' there is no longer any pepsin in Pepsi." (Source:

By Eric Sandler

Nike, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Louis Vuitton -- everyone from a child to the elderly can rattle the names off like a second language. Yet, do you actually know where your favorite brand names originated from?

Some follow in the names of their storied founders, while others feature clever anagrams, hidden meanings, and much more. Scroll through the gallery above to find out where the world's 25 most valuable brands got their names -- you may never read the words the same way again.

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