Ever Wondered How These Indian Brands Got Their Names?

The other day we were discussing how founders name their companies. Perhaps, nowadays, in the era of start-ups people do a lot of brainstorming, apply their rational thinking combined with creativity to find a perfect name that suits their business. It was not so, in the old days. They focussed the least about the names of their companies. All that mattered was their dedication and perseverance.

Read on to find how your favorite brands got their names.

1. TVS

TVS stands for ‘Thirukkurungudi Vengaram Sundram’ named after its founder T. V. Sundaram Iyengar, which started off as Madurai’s first bus service in 1911 and founded T.V.Sundaram Iyengar and Sons Limited. The company began as a consolidated transportation and logistics company but later forayed into several other categories including the automobiles after T.V’s death.


2. Mahindra & Mahindra

It was initially named ‘Mahindra & Mohammed’ after its founders K.C. Mahindra, J.C. Mahindra and Malik Ghulam Mohammed. The name was changed to ‘Mahindra & Mahindra’ after India’s Independence when Mohammed immigrated to Pakistan and went on to serve as Pakistan’s first Finance Minister.


3. Dabur

Started as an Ayurvedic medicines manufacturer in 1884, Dabur forayed into personal care and later to manufacturing a wide range of FMCG products under their umbrella in the 1940s. The company was named after its founder Dr. S.K. Burman, who was widely popular as Daktar Burman for his ability to create and dispense medicines for deadly diseases such as cholera and malaria, to the Indian poor & the needy. And, hence, the company was named Da-Bur (inspired from Da-ktar Bur-man).

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