Product Names

What an odd name for a product! Don't some product and brand names strike you as a bit strange?

Here are some products and brand origins.

VOLVO

automobiles
It's Latin for "I roll" - a logical name for a company that actually started out making ball bearings.

MAZDA

automobiles
Mazda = Persian god of light. Why name cars that? Good question!

HAAGEN DAZ

ice cream
a totally created name that was picked because it "sounded foreign."


FRISBEE

thrown toy
From the pie tins used by the Frisbie Bakery in Connecticut which were thrown in the same manner as the toy.

CASTROL

motor oil
The original product was based on a derivative of castor oil (from castor beans.)

LEGO

building toys
From the Danish leg godt meaning "play well."

SONY

electronics
From the Latin son meaning "sound."

MARS

candies
Not from the planet or the god, but Forrest Mars - the man who established the company.

OVALTINE

drink mix
Originally spelled Ovomaltine for egg-malt (using the Latin ovum for egg) when a Swiss product. Shortened when introduced in Britain.

NIVEA

beauty cream
feminine form of Latin niveus meaning "snowy."

DRAMBUIE

liqueur
Gaelic dram buidh - drink + yellow, for its color