17 things you never realized were named after someone

Anyone who paid attention in history class as a child knows Nikola Tesla created the Tesla coil and Henry Ford created Ford Motor Company. Unbeknown to many, there are inventions and creations we see every day that bear the name of their ingenious innovator.

In this day and age, anyone can create the next revolutionary item with shows like Sharktank or websites like GoFundMe and Kickstarter. Many of these inventor's items may be a part of your everyday life, but while their products have become a household name over time, their names have faded.

While some of the products in the gallery below may have been lingering in the back of your mind, many of these will surprise you!

Check them out below:

17 things you never knew were named after people
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17 things you never knew were named after people

The Ferris Wheel is actually named after its creator George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. His Ferris wheel can be seen in this photo at the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition.

 (Photo by Chicago History Museum/Getty Images)

Thomas and William Bowler created the bowler hat to protect the head while riding under low hanging branches.

(Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Pilates devotees will definitely know this name, but for the rest of us Joseph Pilates is the creator of the fitness phenomana pilates. 

(Photo by Susan Schiff Faludi/Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Instrument maker Adolphe Sax created the saxophone in 1840. Famous saxophone player John Coltrane can be seen playing during a recording session.

 (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

While Jules Leotard is not the creator of the Leotard it is named after him. Not only was Jules a lawyer but he was also a master of the trapeze, where he popularized the skin-tight workout apparel. 

(Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

In 1881 James Harvey Logan finally crossed the blackberry and raspberry to create a new fruit, the loganberry. 

Photo Credit: Getty 

The Biro also known as the Ballpoint pen is named after its original creator Laszlo Biro who later sold his patent to Bic in 1945.  

(Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

The Zeppelin airship was named after one of the designers Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, at the forefront of its creation.

Photo Credit: Getty

Musician Les Paul tinkered with his own version of a solid-body electric Guitar before Gibson Guitars saw its potential. 

 (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Earl Silas Tupper's seal caused quite the commotion for keeping food fsh and lead to the infamous Tupperware parties as a way to sell the product. 

Samuel F B Morse played a huge role in the development of the telegraph and created morse code.

Photo Credit: Getty 

The Hoover vacuum became a household staple as well as well as William Henry Hoover's last name. 

(Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images)

Joseph-Ignace Guillotin proposed a contraption to execute individuals in a more humane manner which we all know as the Guillotine.  (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

Candido Jacuzzi created the whirlpool bath in 1963.

Photo Credit: Getty 

The Moog synthesizer is named after its creator Robert Moog.

 (Photo by Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The diesel engine is named after its creator Rudolf Diesel. 

Photo Credit: Getty 

Russian general Lieutenant-General Mikhail Kalashnikov thought up a new weapon after being injured in WWII. We know this deadly firearm as the AK47. 

(Photo by Photoshot/Getty Images)


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