Apple, Hulu, Etsy: How famous tech companies got their names

Here's a look at some of the most prolific tech companies today and how they ended up with their names.

14. Samsung

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An employee shows Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea, March 27, 2014.

When Byung-Chull Lee started his trade and export business in Taegu, Korea in 1938, it is doubtful that he projected his company would one day hawk smart phones and tablets. But that is the case for Samsung.

His business sold dried Korean fish, vegetables, and fruit to Manchuria and Beijing. He named the business Samsung, which means “three stars” in Korean hanja character. The connotations of three in Korean are big, numerous, and powerful, while the connotation of stars is eternity.

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