#DidYouKnow 38 Full Forms Of Famous Brands That You Didn’t Know

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#DidYouKnow Full Forms Of 22 Famous Brands

WIPRO

Western India Palm Refined Oil Limited

The company was incorporated on 29 December 1945 in Amalner, Maharashtra by Mohamed Premji as “Western India Palm Refined Oil Limited“, later abbreviated to “Wipro“.

It was initially set up as a manufacturer of vegetable and refined oils in Maharashtra, British India, under the trade names of Kisan, Sunflower, and Camel.

LG

Lucky Geumseong (Lucky Goldstar)

LG is also an abbreviation of “Lucky Geumseong” in South Korea, which is translated into English as Lucky Goldstar.

The company was originally called Goldstar. The ‘lucky’ was added after a merger with Lucky Chemical and LG Cable in 1995. The Lucky brand was famous for producing household cleaning products and laundry detergents in South Korea.

IKEA

Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd

The name IKEA is an acronym for Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd. Ingvar Kamprad started the company in 1943 in Sweden when he was 17. Inspiration for the E and A in IKEA came from the farm he grew up on. The name of the farm was Elmtaryd, and the name of the village, Agunnaryd

LEGO

Leg Godt

This company started in 1932 but got named in 1934 as ‘LEGO’ which is derived from ‘Leg Godt‘, a Danish phrase which means “play well”.

CEAT

Cavi Elettrici e Affini Torino

CEAT was founded in Turin, Italy as Cavi Elettrici e Affini Torino (Electrical Cables and Allied Products of Turin) by Virginio Bruni Tedeschi in the year 1924.

M&M

Mars and Murrie

This candy gets it’s name after the surnames of the company’s founders – Forrest Mars and William Murrie.

During the Spanish Civil War, Forrest Mars Sr. saw soldiers eating hard-shelled chocolates, inspiring the mass production of M&Ms about a decade later in a Newark factory. 

JBL

James Bullough Lansing

JBL stands for James Bullough Lansing (1902–1949) who was an American audio engineer and loudspeaker designer and the founder of JBL.

OYO Rooms

On Your Own

India’s largest hotel network, OYO Rooms stands for ‘On Your Own‘ Rooms. 

PVR

Priya Village Roadshow

PVR, India’s largest multiplex cinema chains, stands for ‘Priya Village Roadshow‘. It was the first company which introduces the concept of multiplexes in India in 1997.

It gets it’s name due to the joint venture agreement between Priya Exhibitors Private Limited and Village Roadshow Limited in 1995.

YAHOO

Yet Another Hierarchically Organized Oracle

Yahoo! was started in January 1994 by Jerry Yang and David Filo at Stanford University as “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web“.

In April 1994, it was names as “Yahoo!” which is a backronym for “Yet Another Hierarchically Organized Oracle“. The yahoo.com domain was created on January 18, 1995.

3M

Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company

IBM

International Business Machines

IBM stands for International Business Machines and is nicknamed as the nicknamed “Big Blue”.

The company began in 1911 in Endicott, New York by bringing together several companies and was known as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR). It was renamed as “International Business Machines” in 1924

IBM started in 1911 as a producer of punch card tabulating machines.

CISCO

CISCO was founded by Stanford computer scientists Leonard Bosack and Sandy Lerner in 1984.

The name “Cisco” was derived from the city name San Francisco, which is why Leonard Bosack and Sandy Lerner insisted on using the lower case “cisco” in its early years.

The CISCO logo represents the two towers of the Golden Gate Bridge.

ABP News

Ananda Bazaar Patrika News

The channel was formerly known as Star News which was launched in 1998.

In 2004, the star entered into a Joint Venture with Ananda Bazar Patrika group. Around 70% of this JV was owned by ABP group and the remaining was owned by Star. In 2012, after the split of ABP group and Star, Star News was rebranded as ABP news.

Dabur

Dabur company is founded by Dr. Burman from Kolkata. In old days, Doctor was pronounced as daktar in hindi or bengali. “Da” was taken out of Daktar and “bur” from the sir name of Burman to form the name of the company.

DENA

Devkaran Nanji

Dena Bank got its name after its founder Pranlal Devkaran Nanji. The bank name letters “De” was taken from first two letters of Devkaran & “Na” is taken from Nanji

MDH

Mahashian Di Hatti

MDH stands for Mahashian Di Hatti. MDH was founded in 1919 by Mahashay Chunni Lal Gulati in a small shop in Sialkot (now in Pakistan). His son Mahashay Dharampal Gulati is the Chairman and the face of MDH.

JCB

Joseph Cyril Bamford

JCB was founded in 1945 by Joseph Cyril Bamford and it continues to be owned by the Bamford family.

IFB

Indian Fine Blanks

The company started operations in India in 1974. The Home Appliances Division started in 1990-91.

KTM

Kraftfahrzeug Trunkenpolz Mattighofen

KTM is an Austrian motorcycle manufacturer. Kraftfahrzeug is a term related to motor vehicle, Trunkenpolz is the name of the engineer who set up the motor vehicle plant at Mattighofen.

AMUL

Anand Milk Union Limited

AMUL stands for Anand Milk Union Limited. Amul was established in 1946 as a cooperative dairy in a small town of Anand in Gujarat. It was founded by Dr. Verghese Kurien.

Exide

Excellent Oxide

Exide was founded by W.W. Gibbs in 1888. Back then, it was called Electric Storage Battery Company. In 1900, the company developed a better product in terms of capacity and weight for electric taxicabs. This battery was the first to bear the name Exide, short for “Excellent Oxide”.

MRF

Madras Rubber Factory Limited

MRF stands for Madras Rubber Factory Limited. It is abbreviated as MRF. MRF was started by K.M. Mammen Mappillai as a toy balloon manufacturing unit.

RANBAXY

The name RANBAXY is derived from the names of its founders ‘Ranbir’ and ‘Gurbax‘.

PAYTM

Pay through Mobile

Paytm stands for Pay through Mobile. Paytm was founded by One97 Communications Limited in 2010. In the beginning, it was a mobile recharge website. Later, its founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma during his visit to China noticed that some vegetable vendors were using their mobile phones to receive payments from the customers. It inspired him to start similar service in India.

VODAFONE

Voice Data Fone

The Vodafone name was derived from the words Voice, data, fone (a sensational spelling of “phone”), chosen by one of the company’s original directors and the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi to reflect the provision of voice and data services over mobile phones.

DOCOMO

DO COmmunications over the MObile network

The name is officially an abbreviation of the phrase, “do communications over the mobile network”, and is also from a compound word dokomo, meaning “everywhere” in Japanese.

VIACOM

Video & Audio Communications

Viacom is an acronym of Video & Audio Communications. Viacom began as CBS Films in the early days.

COMPAQ

Compatibility And Quality

Compaq was founded in February 1982 by three senior managers from semiconductor manufacturer Texas Instruments – Rod Canion, Jim Harris and Bill Murto. The three of them had left Texas Instruments and each initially invested $1,000 to form the company, which was founded with the temporary name Gateway Technology.

ORACLE

Oak Ridge Automatic Computer and Logical Engine

BENQ

Bringing Enjoyment N Quality

BenQ brand name stands for Bringing Enjoyment N Quality to life.

INTEL

Integrated Electronics

Intel is a multinational semiconductor chip maker founded in Mountain View, California in 1968 by Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore. Moore and Noyce initially wanted to name the company as “Moore Noyce”, but because it sounded like ‘more noise’, they used the name NM Electronics instead. Later they decided upon the name “Intel” , a shortened version of ‘Integrated Electronics’

FIAT

Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino

The first Fiat plant opened in 1900 with 35 staff making 24 cars. 

BMW

Bavarian Motor Works

BMW is the acronym for Bayerische Motoren Werke AG or in English, Bavarian Motor Works. The company was founded in 1916 as a manufacturer of aircraft engines

SYSKA

Shree Yogi Sant Kripa Anant

Shree stands for goddesses, Yogi is for Lord Shiva, Anant is endless.

CNBC

Consumer News and Business Channel

CNBC was originally established on April 17, 1989 as a joint venture between NBC and Cablevision.

BPL

British Physical Laboratories

British Physical Laboratories was founded in 1963, during the Licence Raj, by T. P. G. Nambiar in Kerala, as a company for manufacturing hermetically sealed precision panel meters for the defence forces.

ITC

India Tobacco Company

The Company was incorporated on August 24, 1910 under the name Imperial Tobacco Company of India Limited. As the Company’s ownership progressively Indianised, the name of the Company was changed to India Tobacco Company Limited in 1970 and then to I.T.C. Limited in 1974. 

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