15 notable companies that used to be called by some unusual names

In May 2016, Budweiser the giant beer company of America decided to change its name to ‘America’ just seven months before US elections to gain attention. However, Budweiser is not just the only company to change its name; there are many other already in this race.

Google (formerly BackRub)


The most popular search engine ‘Google’, was initiated with the name of BackRub in 1996. The duo founders of Google i.e. Larry Page and Sergy Bin joined at Stanford for this startup. According to them, the name has been taken from the word ‘googol’ which is a mathematical term shown by the numeral one followed by 100 zeroes.

Subway (formerly Pete’s Super Submarines)


Subway, one of the popular fast food chain in the world was named as ‘Pete’s Super Submarines’ during its startup in 1965. The name was an outcome of the discussion between the founder Fred DeLuca and his family friend Dr. Peter Buck. Later on, the name was shortened to Subway, and its first logo was revealed at first Subway franchise, Connecticut in 1974.

Blackberry (formerly Research in Motion)


One of the popular smartphone and tablet brands, Blackberry was initiated in 1984 as Research in Motion (RIM). The founders of RIM were Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin. They released a ‘Blackberry’ series of smartphone which was a huge success. Eventually, after witnessing this huge success, they changed its name to Blackberry.

Pepsi-Cola (formerly Brad’s Drink)

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Caleb Bradham, who is the inventor behind Pepsi-Cola, invented the drink as ‘Brad’s Drink’ in 1893. Later on, after five years, he renamed it as ‘Brad’s Drink.’

Yahoo (formerly Jerry’s Guide to World Wide Web)


Jerry Yang and David Filo, Stanford University students, co-founded Yahoo as ‘Jerry’s Guide to World Wide Web’ in the year 1994. Very soon, they renamed it as Yahoo (i.e. Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle).

Nintendo (formerly Marufuku company and Nintendo playing card company)


The popular gaming company and creators behind ‘Pokemon Go’ were setup as a playing cards company called Marufuku Company in 1889. Later on, they renamed it as Nintendo in 1951.

Nissan (formerly Datsun)


Until 1981, this Japanese automaker advertised their heavy trucks under the brand name ‘Nissan’ while small cars under the name ‘Datsun.’ Later on, they decided to drop the Datsun name, which was derived from the Japanese word ‘day’ that means lightning fast.

Panasonic (formerly Matsushita Electrical Industrial Corporation)


This Japanese Electronic producer was initially founded as Matsushita Electric Industrial Corporation in the year 1935. Later on, in 2008, the company took the decision to change its name to Panasonic.

Best Buy (formerly Sound of Music)

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Best Buy, the popular electronics store was initially setup in the name of ‘Sound of Music’ in 1996. An unfortunate incident occurred in 1981 when the company’s most profitable outlet was smashed up by a tornado.

Nike (formerly Blue Ribbon Sports)


The popular sports and clothing brand, Nike was earlier called ‘Blue Ribbon Sports.’ The setup was acting as a distributor for Japanese shoemaker Onitsuka Tiger. Later on, they both collapsed and later on called Nike.

All (formerly Quantum Computer Services)


Formerly called Quantum Computer Services, this search engine company was later called as America Online. However, in 2006 it was popularized as AOL.

Sony (formerly Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo)


Japan’s first transistor radio as well as World’s first transistor television company Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo was first founded in 1946 as a radio repair shop. Later on, in 1958 the company changed its name to Sony.

Mozilla Firefox (formerly Mozilla Firebird)


The popular web browser through which you are reading this article was once known as Mozilla Firebird. Later on, when they came to know that the word Firebird is already being used by an open source software company, they took it down.

FedEx (formerly Federal Express)

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The popular courier service FedEx was launched as Federal Express by Yale University’s graduate Fred Smith in 1965. It was developed for urgent shipments across the world. In 1994, this company adopted FedEx as its official name.

MasterCard (formerly Master Charge)


The plastic money cards that we use today of Master Card were earlier called as Master Charge. Firstly launched in 1966, it was originally called Master Charge. Later on, in 1979 it was called MasterCard.

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