Derivations: Abbreviated Names

Here’s a short list of some sweet abbreviations that you see all the time but not know how you they came about.


A&W –  Taken from the last name initials of partners Roy Allen and Frank Wright.

ch-logoC&H – The California and Hawaiian Sugar Company.

Nabisco-logo-F324AB9BE6-seeklogo.comNabisco – (originally known as National Biscuit Company)


M&M – One M was for Forrest E. Mars Sr., and the other M was for Bruce Murrie, son of long-term Hershey president William F.R. Murrie (he had 20 percent interest in the product).


PEZ – The name was derived from the letters at the start, the middle and the end of the German word for peppermint, Pfefferminz


Kit-Kat – From the Kit-Cat Club, a seventeenth century political club for artists, which got its name from Christopher Catling (Christopher is abbreviated as “Kit” and Catling as “Cat”).

3 comments on “Derivations: Abbreviated Names

  1. Alice says:

    Oh, fun facts! Thanks for the post!

  2. That’s really cool!

  3. Adam Bomb says:

    Awesome! I was aware of all of them but the Kit-Kat and Pez ones. Very cool 🙂

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