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The Incredible Stories Behind 17 Famous Company Names


If it is all in the name, these companies might have missed the boat. Not all companies are named after a product or specific industry. There are more than a few companies that have pretty outrageous names. If you ever wondered how some companies came up with their barn name, you don’t have to look any further. Here are the biggest takeaways from the infographic.

This might be a store that is known for having the latest and most fashionable furniture items, but the name doesn’t seem all the normal. It was actually created by its founder who combined his initials with the first letters of the farm where he grew up. This led to IKEA and it is now a famous brand name that is associated with furniture.

When you think of cameras, you now think of Canon, but it was not always this way. The company was originally named Kwanon, but it changed to Canon in 1935. This name change was designed to make the brand more appealing to a larger consumer base all around the world.

This might be one of the most popular toy companies in existence. But it does have a very unique name. The words that were used to create this name are play well and the Danish terms for this phrase is leg got. By combining the Danish phrase, the company name Lego was born. When you think about it, the name actually begins to make sense once you know the origin.

This might be a company that is now synonymous with electronics and technology, but the name is actually derived from the phrase sonny boy. Since Sony is a Japanese company, this phrase actually meant a smart young man in Japan, which is the idea behind the entire brand. Sony creates devices and electronics that are smart and infused with technology. Somehow they have made the name work and become one of the most popular electronic companies in the world.

Haagen Dazs
When you think of great tasting ice cream, you think of this company, but it does have a bit of a peculiar name. The phrase that this translates to from Danish is old world tradition and craftsmanship. This means that this ice cream has a lot of heritage and is known for being the best. The name does actually fit the brand once you understand the translation connection.

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