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A rose by any other name may smell just as sweet, but the thing still needs a name. And the same thing goes for all the brands we use on a daily basis. The discounts at Walmart would probably be just as satisfying if they had stuck to their original name, but it”s doubtful they would have become the mega-chain they are now without a little help from an updated moniker. Take a look at the transformation they and other large companies went through before becoming the household staples we know today.

1. They started out as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, supplying corundum to manufacturers of grinding wheels.

1. They started out as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, supplying corundum to manufacturers of grinding wheels.

2. Previously called U-Tote “Em, they changed the name to reflect the hours they were open: 7:00am to 11:00pm.

2. Previously called U-Tote

3. Based on the nickname of founder Adolf “Adi” Dassler.

3. Based on the nickname of founder Adolf

4. Founder John Warnock named the company after Adobe Creek, which ran behind his house.

4. Founder John Warnock named the company after Adobe Creek, which ran behind his house.

5. Changed from Cadabra.com, the company wanted the new name to symbolize the higher volume of sales they could achieve online rather than in a physical bookstore.

5. Changed from Cadabra.com, the company wanted the new name to symbolize the higher volume of sales they could achieve online rather than in a physical bookstore.

6. Their full name, American Multi-Cinema, references the company”s pioneering of multi-screen cinemas,

6. Their full name, American Multi-Cinema, references the company

7. Contrary to popular belief, the “RB” sound in this name doesn”t correspond to their famous roast beef but to the Raffel Brothers, who founded the company.

7. Contrary to popular belief, the "RB" sound in this name doesn

8. The name is taken from their logo which depicts Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and metalworking.

8. The name is taken from their logo which depicts Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and metalworking.

9. That extra “T” dates back to when telegraphs were still a thing, the name standing for American Telephone & Telegraph Company.

9. That extra

10. Similar to saying “check” in a game of chess, the word “atari” is used in the Japanese game “go” when your opponents pieces are probably about to be captured.

10. Similar to saying

11. This is the Latin translation of founder August Horch”s last name as he already had another company with the original name.

11. This is the Latin translation of founder August Horch

12. Founder Shojiro Ishibashi”s name translates in English as “bridge of stone.”

12. Founder Shojiro Ishibashi

13. Named for the first camera used by Precision Optical Instrument Laboratory, the “Kwanon.”

13. Named for the first camera used by Precision Optical Instrument Laboratory, the

14. The original flavor included ingredients of coca leaves and kola nuts.

14. The original flavor included ingredients of coca leaves and kola nuts.

15. This is a portmanteau of “communication” and “broadcast.”

15. This is a portmanteau of

16. Conoco comes from shortening the original name, Continental Oil Company, which then merged with Phillips Petroleum Company.

16. Conoco comes from shortening the original name, Continental Oil Company, which then merged with Phillips Petroleum Company.

17. The company shortened the name Consumer Value Services in 1996, but current CEO Tom Ryan now claims the letters stand for “customer, value and service.”

17. The company shortened the name Consumer Value Services in 1996, but current CEO Tom Ryan now claims the letters stand for

18. The first warehouse for this drugstore was located between Duane St. and Reade St. in Manhattan.

18. The first warehouse for this drugstore was located between Duane St. and Reade St. in Manhattan.

19. From the Echo Bay Technology Group, shortened when the domain “echobay.com” was unavailable.

19. From the Echo Bay Technology Group, shortened when the domain

20. A combination of founders Gary Burrell and Dr. Min Kao”s names.

20. A combination of founders Gary Burrell and Dr. Min Kao

21. Originally called Government Employees Insurance Company, they shortened it to the amphibian-sounding name.

21. Originally called Government Employees Insurance Company, they shortened it to the amphibian-sounding name.

22. Named for sibling co-founders Henry and Helal Hassenfeld.

22. Named for sibling co-founders Henry and Helal Hassenfeld.

23. Founded by Henry W. and Richard Bloch, the spelling was changed to avoid mispronunciation.

23. Founded by Henry W. and Richard Bloch, the spelling was changed to avoid mispronunciation.

24. Tom Watson Sr. named the company International Business Machines as a way to one-up his former employer, National Cash Register.

24. Tom Watson Sr. named the company International Business Machines as a way to one-up his former employer, National Cash Register.

25. A combination of the initials of founder Ingvar Kamprad with the initials of his childhood village, Elmtaryd Agunnaryd.

25. A combination of the initials of founder Ingvar Kamprad with the initials of his childhood village, Elmtaryd Agunnaryd.

26. This name comes from the first syllables of “Integrated Electronics” since the name was already being used by a different company.

26. This name comes from the first syllables of

27. Translated from Hanja, the Korean company”s name means “rising from Asia.”

27. Translated from Hanja, the Korean company

28. Taken from the founders, Harold “Matt” Matson and Elliot Handler.

28. Taken from the founders, Harold "Matt

29. This is a shortened version of the original name, National Biscuit Company.

29. This is a shortened version of the original name, National Biscuit Company.

30. The shoe company took their name from the Greek goddess of victory with the iconic “swoosh” representing her flight.

30. The shoe company took their name from the Greek goddess of victory with the iconic

31. This is just a slightly different version of the Japanese name, Nintendou, which translates roughly to “entrusted heaven.”

31. This is just a slightly different version of the Japanese name, Nintendou, which translates roughly to

32. This is a shortened version of the original Japanese name, Nippan Sangyo, which means “Japan Industries.”

32. This is a shortened version of the original Japanese name, Nippan Sangyo, which means

33. Named for the town in Finland where it originally functioned as a wood-pulp mill.

33. Named for the town in Finland where it originally functioned as a wood-pulp mill.

34. Taken from the digestive enzyme, pepsin.

34. Taken from the digestive enzyme, pepsin.

35. The shopping channel”s logo stands for “quality, value and convenience.”

35. The shopping channel

36. Transliterated version of the word “rhebok,” which is a type of African antelope.

36. Transliterated version of the word

37. Originally called Service Games of Japan, the company got its start by importing pin-ball machines to American military bases in Japan.

37. Originally called Service Games of Japan, the company got its start by importing pin-ball machines to American military bases in Japan.

38. Taken from the company”s first ever product: the ever-sharp pencil.

38. Taken from the company

39. The original idea came from “sky-peer-to-peer,” which was changed to “skyper” and eventually simply Skype.

39. The original idea came from

40. Taken form the Latin word “sonus,” which means “sound,” and chosen for being easy to say in a lot of languages.

40. Taken form the Latin word

41. Southern Pacific Railroad International Communications was a bit of a mouthful, so they shortened it to this.

41. Southern Pacific Railroad International Communications was a bit of a mouthful, so they shortened it to this.

42. This is an homage to a character from Herman Melville”s “Moby Dick.”

42. This is an homage to a character from Herman Melville

43. Named for founder Glen Bell and, of course, their delicious product.

43. Named for founder Glen Bell and, of course, their delicious product.

44. The phone company combines “veritas,” which is Latin for “truth,” and “horizon.”

44. The phone company combines

45. Founder Richard Branson named his company this at the suggestion of a friend who claimed they were “complete virgins at this.”

45. Founder Richard Branson named his company this at the suggestion of a friend who claimed they were

46. Translated from German, the title simply means “the peoples car.”

46. Translated from German, the title simply means

47. Founder Sam Walton already owned Walton”s Five and Dime and wanted a new name for the retail chain he was opening nationwide.

47. Founder Sam Walton already owned Walton

48. Founder Dave Thomas named the restaurant after his daughter, whose name was actually Melinda but went by Wendy.

48. Founder Dave Thomas named the restaurant after his daughter, whose name was actually Melinda but went by Wendy.

(via BuzzFeed/JustSomething)

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