In computers and IT world, we encounter many peculiar names for software products, companies and people. Have you ever wondered why the names were kept so? Each name comes from its own story. Below I discuss some very interesting names and tell the stories behind them. So shall we start…?
Most of you know how the Google got its name. But still we share it.
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 graduates Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google’.
Linus Torvalds had wanted to call his operating system as Freax, which tells its FREE and X (derived from UNIX). During the start of his work on the system, he stored the files under the name "Freax" for about half of a year.
In order to facilitate development, the files were uploaded to the FTP server. Ari Lemmke was Linus Torvald’s co-worker at Helsinki University and he was also in charge of FTP server administration at Helsinki. He named the project "Linux" on the FTP server without enquiring Linus Torvalds.
cisco is named after the city San Francisco. The cisco is written in small letters.
The name Unix stems from a joke one of Thompson’s colleagues made: Because the new operating system supported only one user (Thompson), he saw it as an emasculated version of Multics and dubbed it "Un-multiplexed Information and Computing Service," or UNICS. The name later morphed into Unix.
5. HEWLETT PACKARD (HP) :
The co-founders of HP Bill Hewlett and David Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.
6. ZYNGA :
As you know Zynga Inc is a game developer for social network sites. The company develops games for FACEBOOK and MYSPACE. The co-founder of Zynga Mark Pincus owned a American Bulldog whose name was ZYNGA. And the company got its name after dog.
7. WIPRO: Wipro is a global IT consulting and services company. Wipro was initially set up as a vegetable oil manufacturer in 1945. At that time, the company was called Western India Vegetable Products Limited. (Later abbreviated down to WIPRO.)
8. A.OUT :
If you are programming in Linux using C or C++ then you might be familiar with "A.OUT". This is name of the executable output file. Have you ever thought why its name is so?
Its because when Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson were developing UNIX , there was no C compiler, they used PDP – 7 machine which has got an assembler and its output was called ASSEMBLER OUTPUT (a.out). So even now its called a.out
Its a company that develops COREL DRAW software which is used for graphic manipulation. The name was derived from the founder’s name Dr. Michael Cowpland. It stands for Cowpland Research Laboratory.
10. NERO Burning ROM:
NERO is a very famous and most popular CD/DVD burning software. Its name has been derived from Roman emperor Nero Claudius Germanicus, who is said to have been playing music while Rome city was under fire. NERO application got its name from the phrase "NERO of Burning Rome".
11. EPSON :
Epson is a printer company. It stands for ‘Son Of Electronic Printers’.
Benq is a Thaiwanese company which manufactures consumer electronics. BENQ stands for Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to life.
13. APACHE SERVER:
Apache is a most widely used HTTP server. It was developed on top of NCSA’s httpd daemon by applying series of patches. The result was ‘A Patchy Server’. Later it became Apache server in usage.
Adobe founders John Warnock and Charles Geschke named it after the river "ADOBE CREEK" that ran behind John Warnock’s house.
Accenture is a short for ‘Accent Into The Future’. The name Accenture was suggested by one of its employees as a part of internal name finding contest for Accenture employees.
16. INTEL: Intel was founded by Robert Noyce and Garden Moore. 80% of the processors used around the world are manufactured by Intel. Intel stands for INTEGRATED ELECTRONICS.
17. REDHAT CORPORATION:
The company’s founder, Larry Ewing was presented a Cornell Lacrosse Team Cap while at college by his grandfather. Unfortunately he lost it and desparately kept looking for it. So when he released the Beta version of Linux, he named it Red Hat and in the Reference Manual, he requested the readers to return his cap to him if anyone has it.
18. SUN Microsystems:
SUN is a acronym for Stanford University Network as its co-founders Scott McNealy, Vinod Khosla and Andy Bechtolshiem were graduated from Stanford University.
It was started in 1875 as Tokyo Electric Works by Hisashige Tanaka in Japan. In 1939 it merged with Shibuara company and formed TOKYO SHIBUARA ELECTRIC COMPANY. It was officially renamed as Toshiba in 1978.
20. SONY :
Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka formed Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation in 1946. It was later renamed as SONY. It originated from Latin word ‘SONUS’ meaning sound, and ‘SONNY’ a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.
21. AT & T :
It was founded by Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of telephone in 1876. It stands for American Telephone & Telegraphy.
22. SPRINT :
It is a second largest telecom provider in United States. SPRINT got its name from its parent company, Southern Pacific Railroad INTernal Communications.
Nintendo is a famous gaming console manufacturer. The word Nintendo is composed three Japanese characters Nin-ten-do which means "Heaven Blesses Hard Work".
"XER" in greek means Dry. When Chester Carlson first created a photocopier he wanted to stress on the fact that it was a "Dry Printer" unlike the traditional wet ink printer. So it was named XEROX.
As you know, its a multinational mobile phone operator. Its name is made up of VOice, DAta over TeleFONE.
26. YAHOO :
As you know , YAHOO is most widely used search engine after Google. It stands for Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle!. Yahoo derived its name from the word yahoo coined by Jonathan swift in Gulliver’s Travels which means a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human.
Its name was coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the ‘-‘ was removed later.