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.

13. Wikipedia

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A blackout landing page is displayed on a laptop computer screen inside the 'Anti-Sopa War Room' at the offices of the Wikipedia Foundation in San Francisco.

You probably can guess that the second half of Wikipedia’s name is derived from “encyclopedia” as the website acts as an open-source reference for nearly every topic imaginable. But do you know where “wiki” comes from?

Let’s go straight to the source to find out. According to Wikipedia, a wiki is “a web application which allows people to add, modify, or delete content in collaboration with others."

The term "wiki" on its own was coined by programmer Ward Cunningham from the Hawaiian phrase wiki-wiki meaning "quick-quick."

Therefore, wiki + encyclopedia = Wikipedia.

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