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What does the name Google mean?

I started thinking this morning about Google, to be exact, I started to think about what does Google really mean? I have heard the name for some time now, it seems like forever though. But I have never really thought about what it means, and why they chose the name for the company. I had never heard the name before I started to use the search engine, so I didn`t think that it was a common english word.

Do I have the answer, of course I do! I just looked up Google at Wikipedia and this is what I found:

The name “Google” is a play on the word googol, which was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of U.S. mathematician Edward Kasner in 1938, to refer to the number represented by 1 followed by one hundred zeros. Google’s use of the term reflects the company’s mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the Web. As a further play on this, Google’s headquarters are referred to as “the Googleplex” – a googolplex being 1 followed by a googol of zeros, and the HQ being a complex of buildings (and cf multiplex, cineplex, etc).

One response to “What does the name Google mean?”

  1. deborah ragan says:

    i remember when i was in the second grade, my math teacher who was also my science teacher and bus driver, told u one day that the because numbers will never end and because we as humans must have specific beginning, which is number one, and a specific ending point, the last name for numbers that has been named is called google, and that is the number one with a hundred zeros behind it. we can count and call every number by something like, one million nine hundred and twenty three, all the way to google. after that, numbers do not have a name. so i gather from my own knowledge of where the word came from that was referring to the endless amounts of information, that there is so much, they can only explain by the representation of this number, being, google. very ingenious idea!

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