3Com – Network technology producer; the three coms are computer, communication, and compatibility.
3M – from the company's original name, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company.
7-Eleven – convenience stores; renamed from "Tote'm" in 1946 to reflect their newly extended hours, 7:00 am until 11:00 pm
5 Spot - Local Frozen Yogurt store. Nothing is over $5 dollars ("can you spot me 5?)
A&W Root Beer – named after founders Roy Allen and Frank Wright
Adidas – from the name of the founder Adolf (Adi) Dassler. Adolf and his brother Rudolf Dassler split the original company, Gebr�der Dassler Schuhfabrik (Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory), with Rudolf founding Puma.
Adobe Systems – from the Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of co-founder John Warnock
Aflac – initialize for the company's previous name of American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (which remains the legal name of Aflac's underwriting subsidiary).
AMC Theatres – American Multi-Cinema: the company pioneered multi-screen cinemas
Apple – For the favorite fruit of co-founder Steve Jobs and/or for the time he worked at an apple orchard, and to distance itself from the cold, unapproachable, complicated imagery created by other computer companies at the time – which had names such as IBM, DEC, and Cincom
ASICS – an acronym for Anima Sana In Corpore Sano, which, translated from Latin, means "Healthy soul in a healthy body". Originally the citation is mens sana in corpore sano, but MSICS does not sound as good.
AT&T – the American Telephone and Telegraph Corporation officially changed its name to AT&T in the 1990s.
Atari – named from the board game Go. "Atari" is a Japanese word to describe a position where an opponent's stones are in danger of being captured. It is similar, though not identical, to "check" in chess. The original games company was American but wanted a Japanese-sounding name.