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What are the real names of these 25 cos? Find out...

Last updated on: January 4, 2013 15:11 IST

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Although many companies use their full names, there are some that are more well-known by their acronyms than by their full names.

Let's take a look at 25 such companies and find out what their acronyms stand for.

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DHL

Full name: DHL is based on the last names of the three founders, Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom and Robert Lynn.

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IBM

Full name: International Business Machines Corporation.

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TLC

Full name: The Learning Channel.

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Image: TLC's original name was The Learning Channel.
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FIAT

Full name: Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino.

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Image: Main entrance of the Fiat's headquarters in Turin, Italy.
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HMV

Full name: His Master's Voice.

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TCS

Full name: Tata Consultancy Services.

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SAP

Full name: System Analysis and Program Development.

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Amul

Full name: Anand Milk Union Limited.

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Ikea

Full name: Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd. The company's name is an acronym comprising the initials of the founder's name (Ingvar Kamprad), the farm where he grew up (Elmtaryd) and his hometown (Agunnaryd, in Smaland, South Sweden).

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HTC

Full name: High Tech Computer Corporation.

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JBL

Full name: JBL is based on the founder's name, James Bullough Lansing.

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Image: JBL is based on the founder's name.
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3M

Full name: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company was its former name.

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Image: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company was its former name.
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H&M

Full name: Hennes & Mauritz.

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AT&T

Full name: American Telephone and Telegraph Company.

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ING

Full name: International Netherlands Group.

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BMW

Full name: Bayerische Motoren Werke.

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KFC

Full name: Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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BPL

Full name: British Physical Laboratories.

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BASF

Full name: Baden Aniline and Soda Factory.

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BEML

Full name: Bharat Earth Movers Limited.

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BHEL

Full name: Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited.

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Image: BHEL stands for Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited.
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ICICI

Full name: Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India Bank was its original name.

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HDFC

Full name: Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited.

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ESPN

Full name: Entertainment and Sports Programming Network.

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HCL

Full name: Hindustan Computer Limited.


Image: HCL's laptop in New Delhi.
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