How big businesses actually got their names (25 Photos)

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  • Random

    … so how did theChive get its name ?

    • alexri

      some things should be left untold

      • Bob

        It's short for the Archive as in a repository of awesome stuff

        • Ryan White

          Any particular reason it's pronounce ch-ive as opposed to k-ive.

          It was a debate with my friends of how it was pronounced until I heard Danny McBride and James Franco say Ch-ive on their promotional video for "your highness"

          • thom

            That is exactly how my buddy and I figured it out too. We thought it a shortened way of saying Archive, more like 'chive, pronounced Kive. Then we saw that video on here.

        • fhc

          interesting, i just figured it was a spin off the onion.

          • dauntless

            me too

        • Manlius_Magnus
    • b-ry

      HI (originally from Chicago)
      VE (now in venice beach)

      • b-ry


        • SweetAwesomeness

          its a shortened form of the word "archive"

          which has produced a debate as to whether its pronounced as "CHive" with the CH sound

          true story bro

          • its_forge


    • Oobis

      Onion was taken?

    • bullet knuts

      from CHIcago and VEnise beach where John and Leo where living when they started the best site in the world.

    • chewiedies

      i think i read somewhere it got its name from the two cities Leo and John are from…CHIcago, IL and VEnice, CA

    • equalizermax

      They were in the washroom peeing after a long night of drinking and thought of the name "shiver" — shive

      • Meh.......

        It means 'The Gays" in French…..

        • vhr1904

          Hmmm, I think I will take your word for it.

        • dauntless

          looks legit.

    • jimmy

      a whale's vagina

      • Tchive

        Discovered by the germans

    • CDN

      Blatant copy of theOnion that's how.

    • Chive - Fags

      They ripped off THE ONION

      • its_forge

        Because yeah, this site is SO MUCH LIKE the premier satire news source of the entire online universe. SO VERY MUCH LIKE it.

        Holy shit does anyone actually THINK anymore.

    • Coldzilla

      Cause HolyCrapWhatAnAwesomeSite was taken 😉

      • its_forge

        This. They also thought was kind of unwieldy.

  • specv44

    Wal-mart is the devil…


    • douches


    • jimmy

      let's shut them down and see what happens to this country…

      • world-of-hurt

        well said. the only thing left running the US economy at the moment.
        maybe Obama should ask them to pay some of the gov't's bills.

      • specv44

        poor wages, shotty insurance and the fact that they can undercut ANYONE's prices are all good things to stand by. Not to mention the fact that they put small specialized businesses out of business. What are those business owners supposed to do, go work at the wal-mart that just put them under?

        • SweetAwesomeness

          specv44 is currently typing this on his Wal-Mart bought laptop

          • specv44

            nah, im at work right now. But, the laptop at home I purchased from a local computer store. Thanks

            • Durka

              Yeah, Wal-Mart should be like your employer and let everyone fuck around on company time. Durrrp.

            • SweetAwesomeness

              so your online at work carrying on a debate about why wal-mart sucks……

              its seems redundant you are wasting company time and resources (i.e. internet) and say wal mart is putting people out of business.

              maybe its slackers like you not producing enough at your job because your wasting all your time trying to prove your own little personal opinion to an internet of millions!

        • b-ry

          if your a small business owner and you decide to open p a department / specialized (as you call it) store to compete with Wal-Mart….then you are the failure.

          • specv44

            Im not talking about opening a store against wal-mart. You do realize that there were stores BEFORE wal-mart, right?

            How about a bicycle shop? Pool supplies? Pet supplies? Book stores? I guess they are failures since they set up shop BEFORE Wal-Mart, but were short lived once wal-mart moved into their towns.

            • b-ry

              close up shop and move on.
              it's called business.

            • geez

              we have all those shops out here, plus 2 wal ??

            • JMikeH

              Amazon is what's killing book stores not Walmart, just like Redbox and Netflix have effectively killed Blockbuster and other video stores.

              What's appealing about Walmart is the fact you can go to one place and and get nearly everything you need. You can't buy socks, patio furniture, food, motor oil, ammo, and a TV all at one time you cant do that at a Mom and Pop shop… at least none I've ever seen.

              Also Walmart buys some produce locally from small and medium size farms which helps out local farmers so it's not always the big evil machine that people make it out to be.

        • jimmy

          Better than no wages, shotty insurance, and high prices. Go work for a small business and let me know how you like your high deductible health plan, erratic at best raises, and non-existent job security.

          • specv44

            that is my point, I DO WORK FOR A SMALL BUSINESS.

            We have been here for 31 years, family owned (although, not my family). I have worked here for 5 years so far, and will continue to do so. My wife works for the state, so I get very good healthcare that isnt an issue. For 5 years, I have gotten a raise every year, just like I am supposed to, and since the "economy" tanked, it is now myself and 1 part time guy. However, apparently I am enough of an asset to the company that 8 others were let go instead of myself.

            But, I guess I dont know what working for a small company would be like…

            • jimmy

              How do you think those other 8 people felt about working in a small business?

              • specv44

                3 left on their own accord to move to south carolina. 1 was let go because he was trying to make money on the side using our materials. 1 left on an airplane to cali. another was here for 20 years, but had an established website design business that she did on the side so it wasnt that huge of an issue. the other 2, couldnt tell you, they are/were young so they were probably able to find work.

                it sucks any time anyone loses a job, but you are NEVER irreplaceable in any line of work/employment.

                • McBeastie

                  Just go to and you can see the dregs of humanity that actually support Walmart. Or you can wait until theChive takes more pics from them and reposts them.

                • benbobbins

                  specv44, you should make a family-owned trolling shop.

            • Kelly

              So this successful, established family business, in this bad economy, now has only one part timer and one blowhard who wastes company time by jacking around on the internet. I'm afraid that doesn't speak well for the future of the company, my man. Might want to keep a Walmart job application form in your lunchbox, you know, just in case.

          • Average Chiver

            HEAR HEAR

          • HANK

            You think wal-mart has a low deductable? The lowest one they offer is 5,000 and they will cover nothing until you have already paid that much and they take nearly a hundred dollars a paycheck out for this coverage wich when I worked there my avg pay before the "insurance" deduction after tax was only about $525.00 this is not a good place to work and I try not to shop there if I can avoid it but there are hardly any grocery storesnear mt residence

    • The_Dark_Knight

      Sure.. providing low cost goods and services to millions of Americans is a bad thing – shame on them for wanting to make some money while doing it.

      Grow up.

      • b-ry

        not to mention thousands of jobs….

        • Gutterville

          Actually they employ 2.1 million people but who's is counting

          • Ruffestneckaround

            2.1 million shitty jobs

            • benbobbins

              Better than no job.

      • Durka

        See, here's the thing, specv44 is right, he's just a douche because he's complaining on company time. Wal-Mart sucks, but that's like saying your runny nose sucks while ignoring your viral infection.

        America is infected with the "free lunch" syndrome. We want to produce nothing and consume however much we please at low, low prices, indefinitely. We want clean air and water, and fair labor practices, but we don't want to pay for it. We want some unnamed brown people on the other side of the planet to pay for it by working for pennies a day and drinking from polluted rivers and farming polluted land, so we can have our cheap iPads or whatever the latest plastic gimmick happens to be. (con't)

        • Durka


          I'm just as guilty as anyone else. Our nation has outsourced nearly our entire manufactoring base so we can save a couple bucks. Nevermind the fact that your cheap shovel from Lowes really doesn't save you any money when you have to replace it in a year. Snapper (being an example of a company that told Wal-Mart to, "fuck off, we ain't supplying you anymore") is "over-priced," compared to the WeedEater pushmower at Walmart, right? Until you need a new mower every other season while my Snapper runs strong on regular maintenance for a decade…

          So long story short, fuck Wal-Mart, fuck China, and fuck America's apathy.

    • gyro

      You're saying I get my Ramen from the Satan?

    • Hank Scorpio

      Yes, and Kroger is the devil for closing mom and pop grocery stores, Starbucks is the devil for closing local coffee stores, and the internet is the devil for closing Blockbuster and Borders.

      Ideally, everything we buy would be from a local store where we could pay more since they have no efficiencies of scale. And, if that store were ever successful enough to expand, they would become the devil in specv44's mind for out-competing local stores.

      • Ezee

        Good point Hank. Basically, anytime someone is successful, they are the devil. Oil companies produce the gas for our cars at prices cheaper than some bottled water – bastards! Wal-mart raises the living standard so our people in poverty have big screen tv's? Bastards! Microsoft created a system where all programs worked on a single platform? Dick! Soon, plucky apple computers will be aholes as well, seeing as they are no longer plucky. Their crime? Continuing to make things we like.

    • Peach

      Wow, didn't realize how conservative chivers were!

      It's not just about small businesses getting shut down, it's about outsourcing, too. People always argue that huge companies like Walmart create more jobs, but in the long run, they don't – they outsource a lot of work to other countries because it's much cheaper for them, which creates less jobs for people in America. Plus, they are part of a huge conglomerate that includes the media, meaning Walmart has a huge say in what Americans are exposed to – which, of course, rarely benefits citizens and instead benefits the company itself.

      Also, it's just kinda creepy that you can get your ears pierced and buy a gun in the same store.

      It's just sad that people can't afford to shop at local stores that have been forced to raise their prices in order to compete. The reason people can't afford it? Huge companies like Walmart make the rich richer and the poor poorer. i suppose there's no use whining about it, and there's not much of a way around it, but people should at least be knowledgeable about why and how these companies mess up the economy and ruin people's lives.

      • Will

        Wal-Mart's motive, like any other business, is to provide goods and services at the lowest operating cost. If outsourcing is the means in which to do it, then so be it. What does that tell you about the tax code in this country? If companies like Wal-Mart can provide things cheaper with less inputs (workers), then it frees up groups of workers to pursue other tasks. That is hardly "ruining the economy". Learn some economics.

  • jason_in_pc

    wow, didnt think i would care.. and still dont.

    • jimmy

      cared enough to look and then comment.

    • Guse

      Then why click the link, browse through 25 photos, and then post? I sometimes wish I was as cool as you.

  • panama99


  • Chive and Dime

    Lego in latin is "I put together" which is a fun coincidence.

    • walkingtheriver

      I'm from Denmark and I know that it is indeed from 'leg godt' that they got the name…

  • Rick

    #16 Someone say coca leaves??

    • rolled up bill

      sniff sniff.

      • Ha.Ha.

        You sniffing leaves again?

        • rolled up bill

          anxiously waiting for the final product….

          • its_forge

            Just chew the leaves, very similar effect.

    • Smokey

      Coca-cola contains coca leaf extract to this day. The cocaine is extracted by a company in new jersey which sells the treated leaves to coca-cola for use in flavouring syrup, and the cocaine to a medical research company.

  • yo yo ma

    #18 I learned in the 5th grade that it stand for "All day I dream about sex".

    And for the record Pontiac doesn't stand for "Poor old ****** thinks it's a Cadillac". That's not funny and very racist.

    • still not laid

      and by "all day" you mean "all my life i dream about sex

      • Rocks Off

        I always thought it stood for "all day I dream about sports", but I like the sex part better.

      • Ruffestneckaround


    • MLK

      You said "And for the record Pontiac doesn't stand for "Poor old ****** thinks it's a Cadillac". That's not funny and very racist."

      Then I ask, why did you even mention it?
      Racist jokes have no place here, or anywhere for that matter, and to tell the joke and then add your 'that's not funny and very racist' disclaimer is completely asinine.

      Racism will stop when people like you stop.

      • yo yo ma

        Because I actually think it's a little funny…but still racist.

        Racist jokes can be funny. As can jokes about gays and the mentally disabled. Or we could just make every joke as non-offensive as possible or we can tell jokes then spend all day apologizing for them like Tracey Morgan.

      • Durka

        Nah, racism will never stop, and people like you are what gives it its power.

        "ZOMG you told a meanie racist joke! Now watch the huge fit I'm going to have about it!"

        Grow up and chill the F out.

    • DaddyD

      Various forms of "all day I dream about" (sex, soccer, sports) abound. But no one ever seems to ask why a German company would name itself using an English phrase.

      • eeburrah

        i asked this question a few days ago. funny coincidence.

    • P90

      It's actually 'After Dinner I Did A Shit'

    • geez

      All Day I Drink And Smoke

  • doodle cakes

    What a stupid fucking post. tl;dr

    • The_Dark_Knight

      What a stupid fucking comment. es;fu;ad

      • doodle cakes

        herp derp derrrr

  • SweetAwesomeness

    #19 find her!!!!!!!!

    • erickjam

      Dude, there is one on each corner…

      • thom

        You should see the original logo, it has boobies.

        • JDub

          they still have the original logo at the Pike Place market? it's been a bunch of years since I was in seattle

  • @andrewrjuhl

    Reminds me of this article I once read on College Humor, on that kid was making jokes.

    • DCMOFO

      What a coincidence, the author has the same name as you.

  • salute my shorts

    #11 "By a friend". Riiiiiiiiight.

    • G Monie

      The main part of the Virgin Records name came from Sir Richard Branson wanting people to know how new the records his store carried were, so the records were "virgin" as if they hadn't been used.

  • Royce

    I do love trivia… An eye opening post. Well done.

  • Dantheloser

    #18 Only guy I've ever heard named Adolf, besides the, you know… obvious one.

    • CHG

      It was a pretty common name in Germany before the other Adolf guy, after him not so much for obvious reasons…

  • hMMMM

    Adolf Rupp

  • jasgat

    When I first saw this I thought it would be a joke post with made up acronyms or stories.. Damn Chive You actually put out real info… Not sure what I'm feeling right now.

  • Jeffrey

    The movie company Miramax is actually named after the founders parents. Mira and Max. true story bro.

    • ...

      cool story bro

  • CWarren

    3 minutes I will never get back…better go back to looking at Hump Day!

    • hug me paula!

      yeah!! what's the point of learning stuff… go fap that's the best thing you can do

  • Bill57

    arm & hammer was named after the owner Armond Hammer

    • scharfy

      That's what I thought too…

    • Kickmeetoo

      AH, Damn. You beat me to it.

    • Wes

      False – The Arm & Hammer brand was in use 31 years before Armond Hammer was born.

  • Daith_Lee

    This was actually pretty cool AND informative…But how DID The Chive get its name? Anytime I had to tell someone who didn't know about it (odd, I know) the would think I'm talking about The Onion.

  • JacksonMcNasty

    #7 Wow Wal-Mart was named for the owner Sam Walton??? Would have never put 2 and 2 together

  • bigmikeskinsfan


    Chinese OverSeas Trading Co.

  • Erich Backhus

    #15 then at least half of the name is accurate because they sure as hell don't sell food.

    • Nickincollege

      Then what do they sell?

  • itsmeHamlett

    So Bob told me the story of how the chive got it's name but the reasons given by everyone here are much more entertaining….

  • Bob

    #18…FALSE. The part about Puma, I don't know if it's true or not, but the rest is wrong. Do your own research people.

    • cmon

      I work for adidas. It is named for Adi Dassler. And the Puma part is true too.

    • Coldzilla
    • Gerard

      I *did* my own research on Adidas and the Dassler brothers 40 years ago. What part of this do you think is wrong, and where are you getting *your* information?

      • ur-right

        even wikipedia has the same facts.. good question bob.. WHERE THE HELL DID YOU GET YOUR F*CKS??errrr…..FACTS..

  • therenegaderacer

    My dad worked at Atari back in the 70's. He got hired when the company was still called Syzygy.
    A Syzygy is a nearly straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies (as the sun, moon, and earth during a solar or lunar eclipse)

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