Stories Behind Well-Known Business Names
Below are multiple stories behind the business names of popular companies you’ve probably heard of.
The worldwide coffee company was originally named after Starbuck, the 30-year old chief mate (a Nantucket Quaker who was described as a realist), from Herman Melville’s classic novel, Moby-Dick. The Starbucks founders thought the name reflected a romance of the high seas and the seafaring tradition of the early coffee traders and a nautical theme that matched the city where they opened their first shop, Seattle. This is why their logo is the twin-tailed siren (a mermaid from Greek mythology). What most consumers don’t realize is that the siren symbol actually represents obsession, addiction, and death. The very first Starbucks logo actually displayed full breasts (see above), based on a 16th-century Norse woodcut. Only the original shop in Seattle still bears this version of the logo while all others are covered up…but still addicting with around 5 billion cups being sold annually.
Lego claims that the latin definition, “I put together,” is merely a coincidence. Instead, the word came from a combination of the Danish words, “leg godt,” which means to “play well.” Better that than the Chinese interpretation, “cho-king haz urd!”
Melinda was founder Dave Thomas’ daughter and he named the popular fast-food restaurant after her. Luckily, she went by the nickname, Wendy, since no one would recognize a Melinda’s 99c Value Meal.
Co-founder John Warnock named this computer software company after Adobe Creek that ran behind his house. We’re guessing he was an acrobat and illustrator in high school and that he worked at a photo shop for two indian brothers names Dreamweaver and Creative Cloud. (if you didn’t understand that last sentence then you are probably not familiar with Adobe’s products)
Yep, we’ll provide more stories in the future…