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.
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).