Here's how tech giants got their names

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Here's the list of the world's biggest technology companies got their names and meaning. Most of the companies such as Amazon, Google, Skype and Yahoo names include hidden meanings behind their names. If you are aware of these things it will be helpful for your career and get succeed in interviews.


1. Apple

He said he had just come back from an Apple farm, and thought the name sounded fun, spirited and not intimidating

2. Google

The internet giant takes its name from 'googol,' the mathematical term for the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros.

3. Amazon

Jeff Bezos wanted a name that began with 'A' so it would appear near the top of an alphabetical list.

4. Skype

Whittled down from the original name of 'Sky Peer-to-Peer' to 'Skyper,' the 'r' was eventually dropped to create the current name.

5. Yahoo

Yahoo is both an acronym for 'Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle' and an imaginary species described as rude, noisy, and violent in Jonathan Swift's 'Gulliver's Travels.'

6. Sony

The name is derived from 'sonus,' the Latin word for sound and a slang expression 'sonny boy,' which in 1950s Japan described 'smart, presentable young men

7. BlackBerry

This name was coined in 1999 because the keys on the device resembled the drupelets on the fruit

8. Oracle

This name started as the code for a project that co-founders Larry Ellison and Bob Oats worked on for the CIA. It was a database that was supposed to be able to answer any question about anything

9. Canon

Originally called 'Kwanon' for a Buddhist goddess, the company changed its name to Canon in 1935 to appeal to a worldwide audience.

10. Spotify

Co-founders Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon were brainstorming names when Ek misheard an idea as Spotify. Embarrassed by its randomness, they now say the namestems from the words spot and identify.

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