Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT | By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
How today's biggest companies got their names

The stories behind how iconic companies, from Starbuck's Coffee to Reebok, chose their names.



Starbucks, Wendy's and RIM's BlackBerry (© Joe Skipper/Reuters; David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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  • Starbucks, Wendy's and RIM's BlackBerry (© Joe Skipper/Reuters; David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Scott Olson/Getty Images)
  • A Starbucks Coffee branch in London, England on Oct. 16, 2012. (© Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
  • Wendy's Co. signage is displayed outside of a restaurant in Daly City, Calif., on, Aug. 7, 2011. (© David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
  • In this photo illustration, a Research In Motion BlackBerry device is shown on Oct. 12, 2011, in Chicago, Ill. (© Scott Olson/Getty Images)
  • A 7-Eleven convenience store is seen on a street in Tokyo, Oct. 4, 2012. (© Issei Kato/Reuters)
  • Flowers surround a sign at the entrance to the world headquarters of Reebok in Canton, Mass., Aug. 3, 2005. (© Brian Snyder/Reuters)
  • Henry Heimlich at a hotel in Vancouver April 25, 2007 with a copy of the Globe and Mail with run the story of the two boys. (© John Lehmann/Globe and Mail)
  • The 3M Co. logo is seen at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nev., on Jan. 12, 2012. (© Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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Chances are you've never stood in a Walmart and said, Hey, I wonder why it's called that. Surely, by now you know the tale of the powerful Walton family and its line of eponymous superstores founded in the 1960s.

But not all companies simply take their founder's name and call it a day. Wonder why 7-Eleven is called what it is, or what Coca-Cola truly means? Click through to read the stories behind the names of some of today's largest businesses.

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