Great Moments In Naming: Kodak

Derrick DayeDecember 7, 20071 min

How did Kodak get its name? “I devised the name myself. The letter “K” had been a favorite with me – it seems a strong, incisive sort of letter. It became a question of trying out a great number of combinations of letters that made words starting and ending with ‘K.’ The word ‘Kodak’ is the result. This is not a foreign name or word; it was constructed by me to serve a definite purpose. It has the following merits as a trade-mark word: first it is short; second, it is not capable of mispronunciation; third, it does not resemble anything in the art and cannot be associated with anything in the art”.  – George Eastman, Founder, Eastman Kodak

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