Behind the Name
Originally sold the mineral corundum to manufacturers of grinding wheels under the name of Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company. Changed to 3M when company changed its focus to innovative new products.
Changed from U-Tote'm in 1946 when new 7:00 am until 11:00 pm hours went into effect.
Taken from the nickname of founder Adolf Adi Dassler. His brother, Rudolf Rudi Dassler, went on to found his own shoe company called Ruda, which became Puma.
Named for Adobe Creek, which ran behind the house of co-founder John Warnock.
Taken from the Japanese word for when an opponent's pieces are in danger of being captured in the game Go. (Not unlike the term check I'm chess.)
Named after founder Shojiro Ishibashi. His last name translates to bridge of stone.
Named after Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory's first camera, Kwanon.
Named for the coca leaves and Kola nuts originally used as flavoring.
Originally part of the Echo Bay Technology Group. The URL EchoBay dot com was already taken by a mining company based out of Echo Bay, Nevada.
After leaving National Cash Register, Tom Watson Sr. one-upped his former employers by calling his company International Business Machines.
Shortened from the original name of National Biscuit Company.
From the Japanese name, Nintendou. Nin can be translated as to entrusted and ten-dou means heaven.
Shortened from the original name Nippon Sangyo which means Japan Industries.
Started as a wood-pulp mill which later started producing rubber products in the Finnish city of Nokia.
Named from the digestive enzyme pepsin.
Short for Quality Communication.
Stylized form of rhebok, which is an African antelope.
Shortened from Service Games of Japan, which originally imported pinball machines into Amercian military bases in Japan.
Named after the company's first product, the ever-sharp pencil.
From the Latin word sonus meaning sound. Chosen because it could be pronounced easily in many languages.
Combination of the Latin word veritas, which means truth, and the word horizon.
Short for Voice, Data, Telefone.
Shortened from the original name, Nippon Kogaku, which means Japanese Optical.