Here are 10 popular brands that started out with completely different names.
Pepsi= Brad’s Drink
Caleb Davis Bradham, a medical school dropout, opened a drug store called “Bradham Drug Company” in about 1890. In 1893, Bradham invented “Brad’s Drink,” a blend of carbonated water, sugar, pepsin, kola nut extract, vanilla and “rare oils.” This popular beverage was available in the store’s soda fountain.The drink was renamed in 1898 as “Pepsi-Cola.”
The Pepsi-Cola Company was launched in 1902.
IBM = Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company
Founded in 1911 as the result of a merger between several companies, the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. became the International Business Machines Co. --IBM -- in 1924.
Xerox = The Haloid Photographic Company
The Xerox Company was established in 1906 as The Haloid Photographic Co. Back then, it sold photographic equipment and paper. It later became known simply as the Haloid Company, however, with the technology of xerography, the name changed to the Haloid Xerox Company in 1958. It was in 1959, after the introduction of the first plain-paper copier that the company adopted the name Xerox Corp. in 1961.
Nike Inc = Blue Ribbon Sports
We can thank University of Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman and one of his team’s runners, Phil Knight, for running shoes. Tired of pursuing shoe manufacturers to come up with running shoes, they created one of their own and founded Blue Ribbon Sports in 1964. The name Nike came up in 1971 inspired by the Greek goddess of victory.
In the mid-1990s, Stanford University Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed a revolutionary new idea for a more accurate and relevant search engine called ... (brace yourself for this) Backrub. Thankfully the name never caught on and in 1997 it was renamed Google after the math term “googol”, which is 1 followed by 100 zeros.
Kit Kat = Rowntree’s Chocolate Crisp
Kit Kat, that delicious "break" of chocolate-covered wafer biscuit, was initially created by the Rowntree's of York, England. The candy is now produced by Nestlé except in the U.S., where it is made under license by the Hershey Company.
Subway = Pete’s Super Submarines
The well-known American fast food chain that primarily sells submarine sandwiches and salads came into being in 1965. The owner Fred DeLuca borrowed $1,000 from his friend Peter Buck to start "Pete's Super Submarines." The brand was renamed Subway in 1968.
Snickers = Marathon
Snickers, the famous chocolate-caramel bar with delicious and crunchy peanuts by Mars, Incorporated was once sold under the name Marathon in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and Ireland. In 1990 the brand took on the name Snickers across the board.
T-Mobile = One To One
T-Mobile UK started as Mercury One2One as the world's first GSM 1800 network in 1993. One 2 One was purchased by Deutsche Telekom in 1999 and rebranded as T-Mobile in 2002.
Firefox = Firebird
Firefox started as an experimental branch of the Mozilla Suite called mozilla/browser. After it had been sufficiently developed, binaries for public testing appeared in September 2002 under the name Phoenix which stayed until 2003 and was only changed after a trademark dispute with the BIOS manufacturer, Phoenix Technologies.