Companies named after people
A&W Restaurants – after Roy Allen and Frank Wright
Abbott Laboratories – Dr. Wallace Calvin Abbott (1888)
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. – David Abercrombie and Ezra Fitch
Alza – name of the founder Alex Zaffaroni.
B&Q – from the initials of its founders, Block and Quayle
Baedeker’s – Karl Baedeker
BEA Systems – from the first initial of each of the company’s three founders: Bill Coleman, Ed Scott and Alfred Chuang.
Beck’s – co-founder Heinrich Beck (1873)
Black & Decker – founded by S. Duncan Black and Alonzo G. Decker
Casio – Tadao Kashio
Debian – project founder Ian Murdock named it after himself and his girlfriend, Debra.
Gartner – Gideon Gartner
Gottlieb – David Gottlieb
Harley-Davidson – William Harley and Arthur Davidson
Harvey Norman – Gerald Harvey and Ian Norman
Horlicks – James Horlick and William Horlick who founded the company in Chicago in 1873
Kroger Co. – Bernard Henry Kroger
Lancia – Vicenzo Lancia.
Mattel – from founders Harold “Matt” Matson and Elliot Handler
McDonald’s Corporation – Dick McDonald and Mac McDonald
Miele – Carl Miele.
Peugeot – Armand Peugeot who founded the company in 1882
Philips – Gerard Philips, who founded the company in 1891
Formerly Sears, Roebuck – Sears and Alvah Roebuck
Various named after Elihu Thomson
TVR – from the first name of the company founder TreVoR Wilkinson
Waitrose – named after founders: Wallace Waite and Arthur Rose