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November 26, 2012 12:04 PM | By Alyson Shontell, Business Insider
The strangest brand names

From Skype to Zynga, Google to Etsy, how 16 tech companies got their weird names



From Skype to Zynga, Google to Etsy, how 16 tech companies got their weird names (© Business Insider)
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  • From Skype to Zynga, Google to Etsy, how 16 tech companies got their weird names (© Business Insider)
  • One Kings Lane is a made-up address (© One Kings Lane)
  • Etsy means "And if" in Latin and "Oh, yes!" in Italian (© Business Insider)
  • Yandex has a double meaning, "Yet Another iNDEXer,' and the Russian word "Я" (Ya") Sounds like "I" In English (Ya-ndex). (© Business Insider)
  • GoDaddy was originally called Jomax Technologies. It was almost named BigDaddy but the domain was taken. (© Business Insider)
  • Twitter was almost called Status, then Twitch (© Ellis Hamburger)
  • Zynga was the name of Mark Pincus' bulldog, Zinga (© Flickr/Jdlasica)
  • Google came from the mathematical term googol. It's the number one followed by one hundred zeros. (© Business Insider)
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Google, Yahoo!, Skype. Some of today's biggest tech companies are named the strangest things.

Sometimes, it's not the company's fault. There's a running joke that vowels are too expensive in Silicon Valley and founders can't afford normal-sounding domain names. Others strive to come up with something a little different. "I wanted a nonsense word because I wanted to build the brand from scratch," one founder said.

Take a look at our gallery of the weirdest company names in the tech world.

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