Imagine a parallel universe where the companies that play such important roles in our daily lives had completely different names! Well, not too long ago, that was the fact of the matter. Have a look at these company that started out with different names, and how their current ones came to be.
Believe it or not, Google was originally named “BackRub” back in 1996. The creators, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, then changed it to Google to reflect the term “googol” which represents the digit 1 followed by 10 zeroes. That large number symbolises the hope that their search engine will hold infinite information. Good thing they changed it though! Can you imagine someone saying “I don’t know, let me BackRub that.” Err, that would be very odd.
PayPal’s name in the beginning was “Confinity”. It was a merge of the words “confidence” and “infinity”, but the company renamed it to PayPal in June 2001 when their main focus became payments through email.
Initially, Yahoo was called “Jerry and David’s Guide To The World Wide Web” after its creators, Jerry Yand and David Filo. As the site grew more and more popular, the founder decided to change it to Yahoo which is an acronym for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle”.
Sony was originally named Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo. Its founders, Ibuka Masaru and Morita Akio, became successful in repairing radios and other electronic devices. In 1958, the company was renamed Sony after the Latin word for sound, “sonus.”
Fred DeLuca opened the sandwich shop, Pete’s Super Submarines, now known as Subway. He did this to pay for medical school tuition fees. DeLuca and his family friend, Peter Buck, opened their first shop in Connecticut in 1965. The business struggled and they renamed the store Subway. After that, the profit picked up and the rest is history.
Founded in 1964, Nike was originally known as Blue Ribbon Sports. It served as a US distributor of the Japanese brand Onitsuka Tiger, but decided that they wanted to make and distribute their own shoes. Nike is actually a name of the Greek goddess of victory.
Well, now you know!