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Birth of Famous Names

MERCEDES This was actually the financier’s daughter’s name.

ADOBE This came from name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock.

APPLE COMPUTERS It was the favorite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn’t suggest a better name by 5 O’clock that evening.

CISCO It is not an acronym as popularly believed. It is short for San Francisco .

COMPAQ This name was formed by using COMp, for computer, and PAQ to denote a small integral object.