Company name origins – starting with “B”

Bang & Olufsen — from the names of its founders, Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, who met at a School of Engineering in Denmark.
Bally — originally Lion Manufacturing, the company changed its name to Bally after the success of its first popular pinball machine, Ballyhoo.
BASF — from Badische Anilin und Soda Fabriken. Anilin and Soda were the first products. Badisch refers to the location in the state of Baden, Germany (Black Forest region).
BBC — from British Broadcasting Corporation, originally British Broadcasting Company.
BEA Systems — from the first initial of each of the company’s three founders: Bill Coleman, Ed Scott and Alfred Chuang.
BenQ — Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to life
BIC Corporation — the pen company was named after one of its founders, Marcel Bich. He dropped the final ‘h’ to avoid a potentially inappropriate English pronunciation of the name.
Black & Decker — named after founders S. Duncan Black and Alonzo G. Decker.
Blaupunkt — Blaupunkt (”Blue dot”) was founded in 1923 under the name “Ideal”. Its core business was the manufacturing of headphones. If the headphones came through quality tests, the company would give the headphones a blue dot. The headphones quickly became known as the blue dots or blaue Punkte. The quality symbol would become a trademark and the trademark would become the company name in 1938.
Boeing — named after founder William Boeing.
BP — formerly British Petroleum, now “BP”. (The slogan “Beyond Petroleum” has incorrectly been taken to refer to the company’s new name following its rebranding effort in 2000.)
Bridgestone — named after founder Shojiro Ishibashi. The surname Ishibashi means “stone bridge“, or “bridge of stone“.

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