Founded in 1909 as the American Messenger Company, the company became United Parcel Service (or UPS) in 1919 as it now sent more than just messages.
Founded in 1978 as Shugart Technology, the company changed its name after it was hit by lawsuit from Xerox, which owned a company called Shugart Associates.
The courier firm DHL was founded in San Francisco in 1969 by Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom, and Robert Lynn, and takes its name from their surname initials.
Fred Smith founded the cargo delivery company in 1971 in Little Rock, Arkansas as Federal Express before moving to Memphis, Tennessee in 1973.
Founded in 1933 in Tokyo as the Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory, and its first camera was the Kwanon, named after the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy.
NASCAR is America’s most popular auto racing series, and its name is an initialism short for National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.
Renamed in 1884, Bryant Park is a park in midtown Manhattan named in honour of William Cullen Bryant, a poet and editor the New York Evening Post.
Lego is a portmanteau of the Danish phrase “leg godt”, which means “play well” in English. Founded in 1932, Lego didn’t begin making bricks until 1949.
Founded in 1902 as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, the company is more famous for scientific breakthroughs and new products than mining.
Lufthansa is Germany’s national airline, and is named after “luft”, the German word for air, and the Hanseatic League, an old German trading bloc.