14 Fascinating Origin Stories Of Iconic Brands

What's the story behind these household names?
14 Fascinating Origin Stories Of Iconic Brands

Brand names are kind of a funny thing. If a company is successful enough, you start to associate their name with the product and/or service without even thinking about it. One day, a brand doesn't exist, then it starts to make a mark on the culture, and then before you know it, you're exasperatedly telling your friend to “just Google it!” when your parents would've said “go look it up at the library!” barely a generation ago. The way a catchy song can earworm into your brain so hard you start humming it without realizing it? There are teams marketing pros and desperate aspiring entrepreneurs who spend their days trying to accomplish that with a single word. 


Who doesn't know Starbucks or Spotify? Not many people! But who knew about them before the beginning of the 21st century? That's the trick. And if you're going to keep their name in your mouth, you might as well know where it comes from. Here are 14 origin stories of big companies' names. 

Etsy Etsy was named after a mishearing. The founder thought he heard et si in an Italian film and I iked the sound. He probably heard e si meaning and yes. CRACKED.COM

Source: CBS

flickr Flickr was originally planned to be a game called called Game Neverending before they switched gears to a photo-sharing site. The name game from a friend who said it was like the flickering of the metaverse... They couldn't get the domain for Flicker. CRACKED.COM

Source: INC

3M Before it was best known for tape, 3M was called Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company. The mining company didn't have much luck so they started producing different materials. CRACKED.COM

Source: 3M

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