The history and origins of famous location-based company names – Nowrosjee Wadia-led Bombay Dyeing, Mahimananda Mishra-led OSL Group and MP Ahammed-led Malabar Gold & Diamonds.
What’s in a name? Well, a lot of emotions and a ‘make or break’ deal for a brand at times. While some brands have been named after their owners, a few might have a hidden meaning behind their names. However, it takes a lot for a brand to be synonymous with its place of origin. It certainly isn’t an ordinary feat when a whole community identifies and connects with a brand name that has surprising geographic roots.
Let’s delve into the origin of these brand names that have had the privilege of becoming synonymous with their place of origin.
Founded by Nowrosjee Wadia, Bombay Dyeing has established itself as one of the country’s most respected and trusted brands. As the name suggests, it was founded in Mumbai (earlier Bombay) in 1879 and has scaled great heights since then. The brand has not just thrived in terms of success but also in what all it offers.
Orissa Stevedores Limited (OSL Group)
When it comes to India’s cargo sector, a prominent name that comes up is the OSL Group. Led by Mahimananda Mishra, it is counted among the leading stevedoring companies in the country. With a strong presence in Odisha, Mahimananda Mishra comes across as a leader who revolutionized the lives of several workers in Paradip Port and has always stood by them like the head of the family. This happens to be one of the major reasons behind the dominance of OSL Group across the state of Odisha.
Tata Steel Ltd
A name that needs no introduction, Tata Steel Ltd was established in Jamshedpur (also known as Tatanagar). Home to the leading subsidiaries of Tata Group – Tata Motors and Tata Steel, Jamshedpur was founded by Jamsetji Tata in the 1990s and hence was named after him.
Anand Milk Union Ltd (Amul)
Headquartered at Anand in the Indian state of Gujarat, Amul was founded with an aim to put an end to the exploitation of marginal milk producers and farmers by middlemen in small cities. It is managed by a cooperative body named Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. Attaining significant success over the years, the brand has a strong presence in around 50 countries today.
Malabar Gold & Diamonds
One of the largest chains of jewellery stores in the world, Malabar Gold & Diamonds is an empire built on integrity and goodwill. Headquartered in Kerala, it was incepted in the year 1993 by MP Ahammed. Historically, the term Malabar Coast was used for India’s southwestern coast, which lies on the narrow coastal plain of Karnataka and Kerala states between the Western Ghats range and the Arabian Sea.
The stories of these brand names illustrate how that two-way relationship between a brand and a city’s name has worked throughout history. The immense contribution and success of these business entities certainly make them the worthy recipient of the stature and privilege they are bestowed with.