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There are many companies / brands / products whose names were derived from strange circumstances. 
    
Adobe 
This came from name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock. 
  
Apple Computers 
It was the favourite fruit of founder Steve Jobs...
He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn't suggest a better name by 5 O'clock. 
  
CISCO 
It's not an acronym as popularly believed. It is short for San Francisco. 

Compaq 
This name was formed by using Comp, for computer, and PAQ to denote a small integral object. 
  
Corel 
The name was derived from the founder's name Dr. Michael Copland. It stands for Copland Research Laboratory. 

Google 
The name started as a joke boasting about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named 'Googol', a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders- Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to 'Google' 
    
Hewlett Packard 
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett. 
 
Intel 
Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company 'Moore Noyce' but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics. 
  
Lotus (Notes) 
Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from 'The Lotus Position' or 'Padmasana'. Kapoor used to be a teacher of Transcendental Meditation of  Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  
  
Motorola 
Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola. 
  
ORACLE 
Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). The code name for the project was called Oracle (the CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions or something such). The project was designed to help use the newly written SQL code by IBM. The project eventually was terminated but Larry and Bob decided to finish what they started and bring it to the world. They kept the name Oracle and created the RDBMS engine. Later they kept the same name for the company. 
  
Sony 
It originated from the Latin word 'sonus' meaning sound, and 'sonny' a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster. 
    
Yahoo! 
The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book 'Gulliver's Travels'. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo!
Founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.

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