Company name changes

Trivial thing, but a little marker:

The ways in which a Company’s name evolves

  • very 19th century, pedestrian naming scheme, named after what it does and who does it (Smithson Iron Works or whatever)
  • very grandiose variation on that — National Biscuit Company
  • making amalgamated words — National Biscuit Company > Nabisco
  • more recently in terms of mergers, actually having hyphenated or very complex names that retain portions of earlier company’s names, big, multiple mergers tracked in the names — RJR Nabisco, Daimler-Chrysler, Glaxo-Smith-Kline
  • very current trend of extreme shortness, sound-bitey — KFC, BP
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