Most of the famous brand names are acronyms and have interesting etymologies. It’s amazing and sometimes brand name acronyms surprised by their origin. But, you should know what these famous company name etymologies and acronyms are. So, here we have listed some popular technology company name acronyms and their origin.

Brands listed here are not ordered in any of ascending or descending order but in the alphabetical order of course.


Adobe (Adobe Creek which ran behind the house of co-founders)

Adobe is computer software company situated in San Jose, California, United States was founded in December 1982 by John Warnock and Charles Geschke. Adobe Creek is a river stream ran behind the houses of co-founders John Warnock and Charles Geschke.


Apple (favorite fruit of co-founder Steve Jobs)

Apple Inc. is multinational corporation headquartered in Cupertino, California was founded on April 1, 1976. Apple is one of the world’s top largest information technology companies by revenue.


3M (Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing)

3M is a multi-industry corporation situated in St. Paul, Minnesota. Company was founded by five businessmen in 1902.


AMD (Advanced MicroDevices)

AMD is a multinational semiconductor company based in Sunnyvale, California, United States. Company was founded on May 1, 1969.


AT&T (American Telephone and Telegraph)

AT&T is a multinational telecommunications corporation in America. AT&T is headquartered in Whitacre Tower, Downtown Dallas, Texas and is the largest telecommunications provider in United States. Company was founded on October 5, 1983.


BenQ (Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to life)

BenQ is a multinational corporation headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. BenQ is the maker of consumer electronics, computing and communications devices. Company was founded in December, 2001.


CISCO (short for San Francisco)

CISCO is a multinational networking equipment manufacturer headquartered in San Jose, California, U.S.. Company was founded in 1984 by Leonard Bosack and Sandy Lerner.


COMPAQ (Compatibility and Quality)

Compaq is a computer company headquartered in unincorporated Harris County, Texas, United States. Company was founded in 1982 by Rod Canion, Jim Harris and Bill Murto.


Corel (Cowpland Research Laboratory)

Corel is a computer software company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario. Company mainly develops graphics software. Corel was founded in 1985 as a research laboratory.


eBay (Echo Bay Technology Group)

eBay is an online consumer-to-consumer corporation headquartered in San Jose, California, United States. eBay was founded on September 3, 1995 as a AuctionWeb by Pierre Omidyar and now a multi-billion dollar company localized in over thirty countries.


Google (from word googol which means digit 1 followed by 100 zeroes)

Google is a multinational internet related services and computer software company headquartered in Mountain View, California, United States. Company was founded on September 4, 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.


HCL (Hindustan Computers Limited)

HCL is an international technology and IT Enterprise headquartered in Noida, India. Company was founded on August 11, 1976 by Shiv Nadar.


HP (Hewlett-Packard)

HP is a multinational I.T. company based in Palo Alto, California, United States. Company was founded on January 1, 1939 by Bill Hewlett and David Packard.


Hitachi (‘hi is Sun’ and ‘tachi is rise’)

Hitachi is Japanese multi-industry multinational engineering and electronics company. Hitachi was founded in 1910 by electrical engineer Namihei Odaira and is headquartered in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan.


HTC (High Tech Computer)

HTC corporation is a Taiwanese company of smartphone and tablet headquartered in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Company was founded in 1997 by Cher Wang, H.T. Cho, and Peter Chou.


IBM (International Business Machine)

IBM is a computer and IT consulting company headquartered in Armonk, New York, U.S.. Company was founded in June 16, 1911 by merger of three companies.


Intel (Integrated Electronics)

Intel is multinational semiconductor chip manufacturer headquartered in Santa Clara, California, U.S.. Intel was founded in July 18, 1968 by Gordon E. Moore, Robert Noyce, Arthur Rock and Max Palevsky.


Kyocera (Kyoto Ceramic)

Kyocera is a multinational electronics company founded in April 1, 1959 by Kazuo Inamori. Company is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan.


LG (combination of two Korean brands, Lucky and Goldstar (Life’s Good is a tagline))

LG is multinational multi-industry company founded on January 5, 1947 by Koo In-Hwoi. LG is a South Korean company and headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.


Microsoft (Microcomputer Software)

Microsoft is a multinational computer software corporation founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975. Microsoft is headquartered in Redmond, Washington, United States.


Qualcomm (Quality Communication)

Qualcomm is an international Telecommunications equipment and semiconductor company headquartered in San Diego, California, United States. Company was founded on 1985 by Irwin M. Jacobs, Andrew Viterbi, Harvey White, Adelia Coffman, Andrew Cohen, Klein Gilhousen, and Franklin Antonio.


Samsung (Korean word meaning “three stars”)

Samsung is a multinational multi-industry company. Samsung is a South Korean company headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul, South Korea. Company was founded by Lee Byung-chull (1910–1987).


Sprint (Southern Pacific Railroad Internal Communications)

Sprint is an American telecommunications company. Company was founded in 1899 by Cleyson Brown and Jacob Brown and headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, United States.


Vodafone (Voice, Data, Telefone)

Vodafone is a multinational telecommunications company headquartered in London, United Kingdom and registered office in Newbury Berkshire, United Kingdom. Company was founded in 1991.


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Source: Wikipedia