10 Famous brands of the world and the curious origin behind their names

You wear your favorite Nike shoes and your Adidas pants when you head to the mall to do some shopping in Zara. On the way you have a coffee with milk at Starbucks or decide to have lunch at McDonalds. To finish, nothing better than enjoying a great ice cream Häagen-Dazs.

All these brands are basic in our lives. But do you have any idea of ​​the true origin of their names? We explain it to you below:

1- Google owes its name to a typographical error

 10 Famous brands of the world and the curious origin behind their names
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The name of Google emerged during a brain storm at Stanford University when its founder, Larry Page, along with other students shuffled different ideas for a massive online data search engine.

One of the suggestions was " googolplex ", one of the largest describable numbers that exists . Interestingly, the name 'Google' arose from a failure to spell the word by one of the students. Later, Page would register the company under that name.

2- McDonald's is named after two brothers who ran a hamburger restaurant

 10 Famous brands of the world and the curious origin behind their names
Wikimedia [19659006] Raymond Kroc, the founder of McDonald's, was salesman of shake machines when he met brothers Dick and Mac McDonald who ran a hamburger joint in San Bernardino, California. [19659007] The McDonald brothers bought several of the Kroc Multimixers and Kroc was so impressed with the restaurant that he decided to become his agent to establish franchises across the United States. Years later, Kroc finally bought the rights to the name McDonald's.

3- Pepsi received the name from the medical term used for indigestion

 10 Famous brands of the world and the curious origin behind their names
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The inventor of Pepsi, Caleb Davis Bradham, originally wanted to become a doctor but a family crisis caused him to leave the medical school and eventually become a pharmacist.

His original invention , known as " Brad's Drink ", was created from a mixture of sugar, water, caramel, lemon oil and nutmeg. Three years later, Bradham renamed his drink, which he thought facilitated digestion to "Pepsi-Cola", name taken from the word dyspepsia it was used to refer to indigestion

4- Zara came from Zorba

 10 Famous brands of the world and the curious origin behind their names
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The founder of Zara, Amancio Ortega, originally named his company after to watch the 1964 film, " Zorba the Greek ". Although this name would not last long.

It so happened that the first store that would decide to open 1975 was two blocks from a bar called Zorba . Ortega had already made the mold for the letters of his brand when the bar owner told him it would be too confusing for both of them to share the same name.

Finally, Amancio finished by rearranging the letters he had to obtain a word as familiar as possible and hence the name of Zara was born.

5- A genius whispered the word 'Rolex' in the ear of its founder

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<p style= The main objective of Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex, when it came to naming his brand, was to get a word that could be said in any language .

"I tried combine the letters of the alphabet in all possible ways, "commented Wilsdorf. "This gave me a hundred names, but none of them seemed right. One morning while traveling on the top deck of a bus in London, a genie whispered the word 'Rolex' to my ear . "

6- IKEA is not really a Swedish word

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Actually, IKEA is not a Swedish word. The founder Ingvar Kamprad chose the brand combining the initials of his own name (IK), with the first letters of the farm and the town where he grew in southern Sweden: Elmtaryd and Agunnaryd.

7- Adidas is nothing more than the name of its founder

 10 Famous brands of the world and the curious origin behind their names

It turns out that the sportswear brand is named after its founder, Adolf Dassler who started making sports shoes when he returned from serving in World War I.

The name combines his nickname Adi, and the first three letters of his last name .

8- Amazon received his name by the largest river in the world

 10 Famous brands of the world and the curious origin behind their names
Mike Seyfang / Flickr [19659006] When Amazon was first launched in 1995, its founder, Jeff Bezo s, he had a different idea for his brand.

Bezos wanted to call his company " Cadabra ". However, the first Amazon lawyer, Todd Tarbert, managed to convince him that the name sounded very similar to "Corpse" .

It is also said that Bezos pretended to name it Relentless . In fact, if you visit Relentless.com today, you will be redirected to the Amazon website.

Finally, Bezos decided to call Amazon his company, name dedicated to the largest river in the world.

9- Starbucks takes the name of a character in the novel Moby Dick

 10 Famous brands of the world and the curious origin behind their names
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In an interview with The Seattle Times, Starbucks co-founder, Gordon Bowker, recounted the story of how they came to the name of the global giant in coffee sales. At first, they were reviewing a list of words that began with "st" because they thought they sounded powerful.

"Someone brought a mining map of the Cascades and Mount Rainier. In it there was an old mining town called Starbo. As soon as I saw Starbo, it came to my head Melville's first official of the novel Moby Dick (called Starbuck). "

10- Häagen-Dazs may seem Danish, but not

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Reuben Mattus, a Jewish immigrant from Poland, named his ice cream company Häagen-Dazs as a way to pay homage to Denmark although the name does not really mean anything.

" The only country that saved the Jews during World War II was Denmark so I formed a totally fictitious Danish name and registered it" said Mattus. "Häagen-Dazs means nothing, but it will attract attention, especially with the umlaut."

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