Creating Opportunity Kim Lachance Shandrow  | November 23, 2017

You’ll Never Guess the Wacky Names These Famous Companies and Brands Once or Could Have Had (Quiz)

Have you ever wondered where famous companies got their names? Or what they might have originally been called? You’re not alone. We have, too! How did Google become Google? Why did Jeff Bezos settle on Amazon?

Speaking of nomenclature, commerce and curiosity, did you know that Internet giant Yahoo could have been named “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle”?

The truth is, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based tech juggernaut was almost dubbed that heady mouthful — after at first being named Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web, in honor of its founders Jerry Yang and David Filo. Thankfully, the duo settled on shortening that tongue-twister to a quick and catchy acronym, Yahoo. It has a nice ring to it, despite its actual definition.

To learn more about some of the surprising, sometimes strange and often funny stories behind the names of some of today’s biggest and most widely known businesses and brands — try your hand at the short quiz below.