CISCO: Short form of "San Francisco"
GOOGLE: Mispronounced Googol(which means 1 followed by 100 zeros) as Google
APPLE: Favourite fruit of Steve Jobs(founder). Also because he had worked in an apple orchard.
SUN: From "Stanford University Network"
INTEL: Acronym of "Integrated Electronics"
HOTMAIL:The founder was keen on a name that wud end in "mail".He chose hotmail because the word has the letters 'h t m l' in it.
ARICENT: Combination of two words-"arise" and "ascent"
MICROSOFT: From "microcomputer software"
MITSUBISHI: MITSU means "three" and BISHI means "diamond"(in Japanese)
ORACLE: The founders worked on a CIA project the code name of which was known as Oracle
PEPSI: Named after a digestive enxyme
COCA-COLA: Derived from coca leaves and cola nuts
HYUNDAI: Means "present age"/"modernity" in Korean
NIKE: Named after the Greek goddess of victory
SAMSUNG: Means "3 stars" in Korean
SKYPE: The original name was 'Sky Peer to Peer' which was was shortened to 'Skyper' and now its 'Skype'
SONY: Means "Sound" in Latin
VODAFONE: From the words Voice, Data and Telefone
VOLKSWAGEN: Means "people's car" in German
VOLVO: Means "I roll" in Latin
YAHOO: This word appears in Gulliver's Travellers which represents someone who is repulsive and barely human. The founders considered themselves Yahoos
DAEWOO: Means "Great House"/"Great Universe" in Latin
ALTA VISTA: Means "high view" in Spanish
DIGG: Short form of "Diggnation"