Brand Name:

  • Kodak

Etymology | Origin:

  • Coined by George Eastman


  • “Philologically, the word Kodak is as meaningless as a child’s first ‘goo’ — terse, abrupt to the point of rudeness, literally bitten off by firm and unyielding consonants at both ends, it snaps like a camera shutter in your face. What more would one ask!”
  • “I devised the name myself. The letter “K” had been a favourite 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.” (System Magazine 1920s)
  • “He and his mother devised the name Kodak with an anagram set. He said that there were three principal concepts he used in creating the name: it must be short, you can not mispronounce it, and it could not resemble anything or be associated with anything but Kodak.”
  • Places with similar names include Kodak, Tennessee; Kodiak, Alaska; Kodok, Sudan; and NoDak (North Dakota)