Pierre Omidyar had formed a Web consulting concern called Echo Bay Technology Group. A gold mining company had already taken EchoBay.com, so Omidyar registered what (at the time) he thought was the second best name: eBay.com.
In 1907, Eugène Schueller, a young French chemist, developed an innovative hair-color formula. He called his improved hair dye Auréole.
It means “people’s car” in German.
This one is sort of obvious, but CEO Andrew Mason used to get asked about it a lot, so he used the entirety of his acceptance speech at the 2011 Webby Awards ceremony to explain: “It’s short for group coupon.”
The name is an acronym for Anima Sana In Corpore Sano, which means “Healthy soul in a healthy body” in Latin.
It has two parts: mitsu means three and hishi (which is pronounced bishi when at the end of a word) means diamond (the shape). Hence, the three diamond logo.