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20th Century Fox
   was named after   
William Fox
Abbott Laboratories
   was named after   
Wallace Calvin Abbott
1888
Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
   was named after   
David Abercrombie and Ezra Fitch
Abrams Air Craft
   was named after   
Talbert Abrams
Adam Opel AG
   was named after   
Adam Opel
Adidas
   was named after   
Adi Dassler
A.G. Edwards
   was named after   
Albert Gallatin Edwards
Akai
   was named after   
Masukichi Akai
Founder
Alza
   was named after   
Alejandro Zaffaroni
Name of the founder
A&M Records
   was named after   
Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss
Amstrad
   was named after   
Alan Sugar
Alan Michael Sugar Trading
Anheuser-Busch
   was named after   
Adolphus Busch & Lilly & Eberhard Anheuser
The Anschutz Corporation
   was named after   
Philip Anschutz
Archer Daniels
   was named after   
George A. Archer and John W. Daniels
Armani
   was named after   
Giorgio Armani
Aston Martin
   was named after   
Lionel Martin
Audi
   was named after   
August Horch
Audi is Latin for horch which means listen in English
Avery Dennison Corporation
   was named after   
R. Stanton Avery
A&W Restaurants
   was named after   
Roy Allen & Frank Wright
Ayala Corporation
   was named after   
Zobel De Ayala Family
Thay also own the 2nd biggest telco in the Philippines "Globe telecoms"
Baedeker's
   was named after   
Karl Baedeker
Baker International - Baker Hughes
   was named after   
Reuben C. Baker
Baldwin Locomotive Works
   was named after   
Matthias W. Baldwin
Ball Corp.
   was named after   
The Ball Brothers
Banta COrporation
   was named after   
George Banta, Sr.
Barnes & Noble
   was named after   
William Barnes & G. Clifford Noble
Bashas'
   was named after   
Eddie Basha, Sr.
Bausch and Lomb
   was named after   
John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb
Bayer
   was named after   
Friedrich Bayer
Beckman Coulter
   was named after   
Arnold O. Beckman
Beck's
   was named after   
Heinrich Beck
1873
Bell Aircraft
   was named after   
Lawrence Bell
Bell Telephone Company, Bell System
   was named after   
Alexander Graham Bell
Benetton Group
   was named after   
Luciano Benetton
Bennett Schneider
   was named after   
Bennett Bernard Schneider
Benz & Cie.
   was named after   
Karl Benz
Later Daimler-Benz
BEA Systems
   was named after   
Bill Coleman, Ed Scott & Alfred Chuang.
From the first initial of each of the company's three founders
Black & Decker
   was named after   
S. Duncan Black & Alonzo G. Decker
B&L MACHINE WORKS
   was named after   
Brad & Lemuel Dreher
Bloomberg L.P.
   was named after   
Michael Bloomberg
BMB Softech
   was named after   
Brij Mohan Bansal
Boeing
   was named after   
William Boeing
Bose Corporation
   was named after   
Amar Bose
B&Q
   was named after   
Block and Quayle
From the initials of its founders
Brentano's
   was named after   
August Brentano
Briggs & Stratton
   was named after   
Stephen Foster Briggs & Harold M. Stratton
Brooks Locomotive Works
   was named after   
Horatio G. Brooks
Bugatti
   was named after   
Ettore Bugatti
Buick
   was named after   
David Dunbar Buick
Bulgari
   was named after   
Sotirios Bulgari
Cadbury
   was named after   
John Cadbury
Opened his shop in 1824
Cadillac
   was named after   
Antoine Laumet De La Mothe, Sieur De Cadillac,
Founder of Detroit, Michigan
Calvin Klein
   was named after   
Calvin Klein
Casio
   was named after   
Tadao Kashio
Charles Schwab Corporation
   was named after   
Charles R. Schwab
Chase National Bank
   was named after   
Salmon P. Chase
To Chase Manhattan Bank & J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Chevrolet
   was named after   
Louis Chevrolet
Christie's
   was named after   
James Christie
Chrysler
   was named after   
Walter Chrysler
To DaimlerChrysler
Citroën
   was named after   
André Citroën
CKE Restaurants
   was named after   
Carl Karcher Enterprises
Colgate-Palmolive
   was named after   
William Colgate
Collins Radio Company
   was named after   
Arthur A. Collins
Coors Brewing
   was named after   
Adolph Coors
Corel
   was named after   
Dr. Michael Cowpland.
It stands for COwpland REsearch Laboratory.
Crane & Co.
   was named after   
Stephen Crane
Cray Research
   was named after   
Seymour Cray
Cummins
   was named after   
Clessie Cummins
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company
   was named after   
Glenn Curtiss
To Curtiss-Wright
Daimler-Benz
   was named after   
Gottlieb Daimler Karl Benz
To DaimlerChrysler
Danelectro
   was named after   
Nathan Daniel
Dassault Group
   was named after   
Marcel Dassault
Debian
   was named after   
Ian Murdock
Named it after himself and his girlfriend, Debra.
Deere & Company
   was named after   
John Deere
Dean Guitars
   was named after   
Dean Zelinsky
Dell
   was named after   
Michael Dell
De Lorean Motor Company
   was named after   
John De Lorean
Dick's Sporting Goods
   was named after   
Dick Stack
Dillard's
   was named after   
William T. Dillard
Dolby Laboratories
   was named after   
Ray Dolby
Dolce & Gabbana
   was named after   
Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana
Douglas Aircraft Company
   was named after   
Donald Wills Douglas, Sr.
To McDonnell Douglas
The Dow Chemical Company
   was named after   
Herbert Dow
Dow Jones & Company
   was named after   
Charles Dow & Edward Jones
Duke Energy
   was named after   
James Buchanan Duke
Dunlop
   was named after   
John Boyd Dunlop
Dunlop Manufacturing
   was named after   
Jim Dunlop
DuPont
   was named after   
Eleuthère Irénée Du Pont.
Eastman Kodak
   was named after   
George Eastman
Eatons
   was named after   
Timothy Eaton
Edison Records
   was named after   
Thomas Edison
Eli Lilly and Company
   was named after   
Eli Lilly
Ericsson
   was named after   
Lars Magnus Ericsson
Fender
   was named after   
Leo Fender
Fendi
   was named after   
Edoardo Fendi
Ferragamo
   was named after   
Salvatore Ferragamo
Ferrari
   was named after   
Enzo Ferrari,
Fisher-Price
   was named after   
Herman Fisher and Irving Price
Fitch Ratings
   was named after   
John Knowles Fitch
Ford Motor Company
   was named after   
Henry Ford
Fox
   was named after   
William Fox
FranklinCovey
   was named after   
Benjamin Franklin and Stephen Covey.
The company was formed in a 1997 merger of FranklinQuest and the Covey Leadership Center. FranklinQuest was best known for selling personal management systems inspired by the writings of Benjamin Franklin.
Gannett Company
   was named after   
Frank Gannett
Garmin
   was named after   
Gary Burrell & Dr. Min Kao
Gartner
   was named after   
Gideon Gartner
Getty Images
   was named after   
Mark Getty
Getty Oil
   was named after   
John Paul Getty
Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
   was named after   
Domingo Ghirardelli
Gibson Guitar Corporation
   was named after   
Orville Gibson
Glenn L. Martin Company
   was named after   
Glenn Luther Martin
To Lockheed Martin
Global Gillette
   was named after   
King C. Gillette
GLOCK GmbH
   was named after   
Gaston Glock
Godin
   was named after   
Robert Godin
Goldman Sachs
   was named after   
Marcus Goldman & Samuel Sachs
Goldwyn Picture Corporation
   was named after   
Samuel Goldfish
(he later adopted the name Samuel Goldwyn), Edgar and Archibald Selwyn, (to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
Goodrich Corporation
   was named after   
Benjamin Goodrich
Gottlieb
   was named after   
David Gottlieb
Gretsch
   was named after   
Friedrich Gretsch
Gucci
   was named after   
Guccio Gucci
Halliburton
   was named after   
Erle P. Halliburton
Hammond Organ
   was named after   
Laurens Hammond
Hanna-Barbera Productions
   was named after   
William Hanna & Joseph Barbera
Harley-Davidson
   was named after   
William Harley & Arthur Davidson
Harman Kardon
   was named after   
Sidney Harman & Bernard Kardon
Harrah's Entertainment
   was named after   
William F. Harrah
Harvey Norman
   was named after   
Gerald Harvey & Ian Norman
Hasbro
   was named after   
The Hassenfeld Brothers
Hearst Corporation
   was named after   
William Randolph Hearst
The Hershey Company
   was named after   
Milton Hershey
Hewitt Associates
   was named after   
Ted Hewitt
Hewlett-Packard
   was named after   
William Hewlett & David Packard
Hill Audio
   was named after   
Malcolm Hill
Hilton Hotels
   was named after   
Conrad Hilton
H. J. Heinz Company
   was named after   
Henry John Heinz
H. K. Porter, Inc
   was named after   
Henry Kirke Porter
Honda
   was named after   
Soichiro Honda
Honeywell
   was named after   
Mark Honeywell
Horlicks
   was named after   
James Horlick & William Horlick
Hormel
   was named after   
George A. Hormel
Hovnanian Enterprises
   was named after   
Kevork Hovnanian
H&R Block
   was named after   
Henry W. Bloch & Richard Bloch
Hughes Aircraft, Hughes Tool Company Hughes Airwest
   was named after   
Howard Hughes
IKEA
   was named after   
Ingvar Kamprad,
From an acronym using the initials of the founder who was from a family farm called Elmtaryd, which was near the village of Agunnaryd.
Jackson Guitars
   was named after   
Grover Jackson
JCPenney
   was named after   
James Cash Penney
The Jim Henson Company
   was named after   
Jim Henson
J.J. Newberry
   was named after   
John Josiah Newberry
Johnson & Johnson
   was named after   
Robert Wood Johnson I, James Wood Johnson, and Edward Mead Johnson
Johnson Publishing
   was named after   
John H. Johnson
J. P. Morgan & Co.
   was named after   
J. P. Morgan
Kawasaki Heavy Industries
   was named after   
Shozo Kawasaki
Kellogg Company
   was named after   
John Harvey Kellogg
Kent H. Landsberg Company
   was named after   
Kent H. Landsberg
King Kullen Grocery Co.
   was named after   
Michael J. Cullen,
He replaced the "C" with a "K" for marketing purposes.
Knight Ridder
   was named after   
John S. Knight (Knight Newspapers, Inc.) and Herman Ridder (Ridder Publications, Inc.)
Kohl's
   was named after   
Max Kohl
Kroger Co.
   was named after   
Bernard Henry Kroger
Lafarge
   was named after   
Joseph-Auguste Pavin De Lafarge
Laidlaw
   was named after   
Robert Laidlaw
Lamborghini
   was named after   
Ferruccio Lamborghini
Lancia
   was named after   
Vicenzo Lancia
Lazard
   was named after   
Alexandre Lazard, Simon Lazard, and Elie Lazard
Lee Enterprises
   was named after   
A. W. Lee
Lehman Brothers
   was named after   
Henry Lehman, Emanuel Lehman and Meyer Lehman
Leslie
   was named after   
Donald Leslie
Levi Strauss & Co.
   was named after   
Levi Strauss
Liz Claiborne, Inc.
   was named after   
Elisabeth Claiborne Ortenberg
Lockheed Corporation
   was named after   
Allan Haines Loughead and Malcolm Loughead
To Lockheed Martin
Lorillard Tobacco Company
   was named after   
Pierre Lorillard IV
Louis B. Mayer Pictures
   was named after   
Louis B. Mayer
To Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Macy's
   was named after   
Rowland Hussey Macy
Marriott Corporation
   was named after   
J. Willard Marriott
Later split into Host Marriott and Marriott International
Marshall Amplification
   was named after   
Jim Marshall
Marsh & McLennan Companies
   was named after   
Henry W. Marsh and Donald R. McLennan
Mars, Incorporated
   was named after   
Frank C. Mars
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
   was named after   
Martha Stewart
Maruri Publicidad
   was named after   
From Founder Jimmy Maruri
Mattel
   was named after   
Harold Matson and Elliot Handler
Matt & EL
Maytag
   was named after   
F. L. Maytag
Mazda
   was named after   
Jujiro Matsuda,
Also possibly inspired by Zoroastrian god Ahura Mazda.
McAfee
   was named after   
John McAfee
McCaw Cellular
   was named after   
Craig McCaw
McDonald's
   was named after   
Dick and Mac McDonald
McDonnell Aircraft
   was named after   
James Smith McDonnell
To McDonnell Douglas
McGraw-Hill
   was named after   
John A. Hill and James H. McGraw
McKesson
   was named after   
John McKesson
Mellon Financial Corporation
   was named after   
Thomas Mellon
Mercedes
   was named after   
Mércédès Jellinek
An 1902 automobile model of Daimler Motor Company
Merrill Lynch
   was named after   
Charles E. Merrill and Edmund C. Lynch
MGM
   was named after   
Samuel Goldfish and Edgar and Archibald Selwyn and Louis B. Mayer.
Or Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Miele
   was named after   
Carl Miele.
Mitel
   was named after   
Michael Cowpland and Terry Matthews
Molson
   was named after   
John Molson
Moog Music
   was named after   
Dr. Robert Moog
Morgan Stanley
   was named after   
Henry S. Morgan and Harold Stanley
Nero AG
   was named after   
Nero
Nestlé
   was named after   
Henri Nestlé
Who created the milk-based food in 1867
Nordstrom
   was named after   
John W. Nordstrom
Northrop
   was named after   
Jack Northrop
Oldsmobile
   was named after   
Ransom E. Olds
Olin Corporation
   was named after   
Franklin W. Olin
Orton Ceramic Foundation
   was named after   
Edward Orton, Jr.
Oztas
   was named after   
Habib Öztaş,
Who founded the company in 1958
Pathé
   was named after   
Charles and Émile Pathé,
Who founded the Société Pathé Frères in 1896
Peavey Electronics
   was named after   
Hartley Peavey
Penske Corporation
   was named after   
Roger Penske
PerkinElmer
   was named after   
Richard Scott Perkin and Charles Elmer
Perot Systems
   was named after   
H. Ross Perot, Jr.
Peugeot
   was named after   
Armand Peugeot
Who founded the company in 1882
Pfizer
   was named after   
Charles Pfizer
Philips
   was named after   
Gerard Philips
Who founded the company in 1891
Pontiac
   was named after   
Chief Pontiac
Leader of Pontiac's Rebellion
Porsche
   was named after   
Ferdinand Porsche
Procter & Gamble
   was named after   
William Procter and James Gamble
PRS Guitars
   was named after   
Paul Reed Smith
Renault
   was named after   
Louis Renault
REO Motor Car Company
   was named after   
Ransom E. Olds
Reuters
   was named after   
Paul Reuter
Rickenbacker
   was named after   
Adolph Rickenbacher
Guitars. Cousin of WWI flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker.
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
   was named after   
R. J. Reynolds
Robert Bosch GmbH
   was named after   
Robert Bosch
Rockwell International, North American Rockwell, Rockwell Semiconductor
   was named after   
Willard Rockwell
Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works
   was named after   
Thomas Rogers
Rolls-Royce Plc/Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
   was named after   
Charles Rolls and Henry Royce
RSA Security
   was named after   
Ronald Rivest, Adi Shamir and Len Adleman.
From the first letters of the last names of founders
Ryanair
   was named after   
Tony Ryan
Sainsbury's
   was named after   
John James Sainsbury
Sam's Club
   was named after   
Sam Walton
Same owner of Wal-Mart
S. C. Johnson & Son
   was named after   
Samuel Curtis Johnson, Sr.
Sears
   was named after   
Richard Sears
Formerly Sears, Roebuck - Sears and Alvah Roebuck
Sherwin-Williams Company
   was named after   
Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams
Siemens AG
   was named after   
Werner Von Siemens
Singer Corporation
   was named after   
Issac Merritt Singer,
Inventor, improvements in the design of the sewing machine
Sotheby's
   was named after   
John Sotheby
Stanley Works
   was named after   
Frederick Trent Stanley
Stewart-Warner
   was named after   
John K. Stewart and Arthur P. Warner
Stihl
   was named after   
Andreas Stihl
Suzuki
   was named after   
Michio Suzuki
Tata
   was named after   
Jamsetji Tata
Tesco
   was named after   
T. E. Stockwell and Jack Cohen
Amalgamation of TES (from T. E. Stockwell) and CO (from Jack Cohen)
Thomas Cook Travel, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomas Cook
   was named after   
Elihu Thomson
THX
   was named after   
Tomlinson Holman
From the name of the technology's inventor and the audio technology of a 'crossover' amplifier: Tomlinson Holman
Tiffany & Co.
   was named after   
Charles Lewis Tiffany
Tim Hortons
   was named after   
Tim Horton
Timken Company
   was named after   
Henry Timken
Tommy Hilfiger Corporation
   was named after   
Thomas Jacob Hilfiger
Toyota Industries
   was named after   
Sakichi Toyoda
Toyota Motor
   was named after   
Kiichiro Toyoda
Trump Air Shuttle, Airline,
   was named after   
Donald Trump
TVR
   was named after   
Trevor Wilkinson
From the first name of the company founder TreVoR Wilkinson
Waitrose
   was named after   
Wallace Waite and Arthur Rose
Walgreens
   was named after   
Charles Rudolph Walgreen
Wal-Mart
   was named after   
Sam Walton
The Walt Disney Company
   was named after   
Walt Disney
Wang Laboratories
   was named after   
An Wang
Warner Bros.
   was named after   
Jack Warner, Sam Warner, Harold Warner and Albert Warner
Wells Fargo
   was named after   
Henry Wells and William Fargo
Wendy's
   was named after   
Dave Thomas' Daughter Melinda "Wendy" Thomas
Westinghouse Electric
   was named after   
George Westinghouse
WHSmith
   was named after   
William Henry Smith
W. R. Grace and Company
   was named after   
William Russell Grace
Wright Company, Wright Aeronautical
   was named after   
Orville and Wilbur Wright
To Wright-Martin
W. W. Norton
   was named after   
William Warder Norton
Yamaha Corporation
   was named after   
Torakusu Yamaha
Zend Technologies
   was named after   
Zeev Suraski & Andi Gutmans


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