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  • Brigadier-General Samuel Waldo (1695 - 1759)
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  • Thomas Hart Benton, U.S. Senator ("Old Bullion") (1782 - 1858)
    ) Thomas Hart Benton (March 14, 1782 – April 10, 1858), nicknamed "Old Bullion", was a U.S. Senator from Missouri and a staunch advocate of westward expansion of the United States. He served in the S...
  • David Rice Atchison, U.S. Senator ("Border Ruffian" leader) (1807 - 1886)
    David Rice Atchison (August 11, 1807 – January 26, 1886) was a mid-19th century Democratic United States Senator from Missouri. He served as President pro tempore of the United States Senate for si...
  • Ayrton Senna (1960 - 1994)
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ayrton Senna da Silva (pronounced [aˈiɾtõ ˈsenɐ da ˈsiwvɐ] ; 21 March 1960 – 1 May 1994) was a Brazilian racing driver who won three Formula One world championsh...
  • Brevet Maj. General Thomas S. Jesup ( "Father of the Modern Quartermaster Corps") (1788 - 1860)
    Info added per DAR's "Lineage Book of the Charter Members" by Mary S Lockwood and published 1895 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...

Namesakes

Places, organizations and things named after people.

Who is your city or town, village or tribe named after? Or how about the company you work for, or the consumer product that you just bought at the store get its name? Have you ever wondered where a scientific discovery got its name? We often name our cities, towns, rivers, mountain rangers, airports, and universities after a prominent person in history as a way of memorializing them. Additionally objects sometimes take on the name of their inventor or advocate. For example the French revolution's method of execution "the Gillotine" is named after Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin (1738-1780).

This project purpose is to list the geni.com profiles that became "namesakes".

Finding Aids:

Countries, Territories and Non-Self Governing Territories

  • Bharat – another name for India (Bharata was a prince, son of King Dushyanta and Shakuntala)
  • Bolivia, and Bolivarian Republic of VenezuelaSimón Bolívar (1783-1830). Venezuelan military and political leader who played a key role in Latin America's struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire.
  • Brazil or Federative Republic of Brazil - The word "Brazil" comes from brazilwood, a tree that once grew plentifully along the Brazilian coast. In Portuguese, brazilwood is called pau-brasil, with the word brasil commonly given the etymology "red like an ember", formed from Latin brasa ("ember") and the suffix -il (from -iculum or -ilium).
  • Cambodia – Kambu Svayambhuva
  • Colombia – Christopher Columbus (c.1451-1506) (after the Italian version of his name)
  • Cook IslandsCaptain James Cook (1728-1779). British explorer, navigator and cartographer.
  • Gilbert Islands – Captain Thomas Gilbert
  • Dominican Republic – Saint Dominic
  • El Salvador – "The Saviour", Jesus
  • Israel - originates from the name Israel given to the Biblical Jacob
  • Kiribati – Thomas Gilbert
  • Liechtenstein – Anton Florian of Liechtenstein
  • Marshall Islands – Captain John Marshall (1748-1819) British captain.
  • Mauritius – Maurice of Nassau (1567-1625). Prince of Orange.
  • Philippines – Philip II of Spain (1527-1598)
  • Pitcairn IslandsRobert Pitcairn (1753-1770)
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis – Saint Christopher (c.?- c. 251)
  • Saint Lucia – Lucy of Syracuse (283-304)
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Saint Vincent (- c. 304)
  • San Marino – Saint Marinus (- c. 366)
  • São Tomé and Príncipe – Saint Thomas ( - 72)
  • Saudi Arabia – Muhammad bin Saud ( - 1765)
  • Seychelles – Jean Moreau de Sechelles (1690-1761)
  • Solomon Islands – Solomon (c. 1011 BC - 931 BC)
  • United States of America – Amerigo Vespucci or Richard Amerike

People, Tribes, Religious Movements etc.

Geographic Features

States, Provinces or Large Regions

World Towns & Cities

Argentina

Australia

  • Adelaide, South Australia --Queen Adelaide (1792-1849). German-born consort of King William IV.
  • Alice Springs, Northern Territory – Alice Todd, wife of Sir Charles Todd
  • Augusta, Western Australia – Princess Augusta Sophia
  • Bacchus Marsh, Victoria – Captain William Henry Bacchus, early resident
  • Bendigo, Victoria – William Abednego Thompson -boxer indirectly
  • Bicheno, Tasmania – James Ebenezer Bicheno
  • Blackall, Queensland – Sir Samuel Blackall, governor of Queensland
  • Bourke, New South Wales -- named after General Sir Richard Bourke, KCB (4 May 1777 – 13 August 1855), Governor of the Colony of New South Wales, Australia between 1831 and 1837.
  • Bowen, Queensland – Sir George Ferguson Bowen, governor of Queensland
  • Brisbane, Queensland – Sir Thomas Brisbane, governor of New South Wales

Brisbane suburb: Chermside – Sir Herbert Chermside, governor of Queensland

  • Broome, Western Australia – Sir Frederick Broome
  • Bunbury, Western Australia – Lieutenant Henry Bunbury, who developed the Pinjarra-Bunbury inland route
  • Burnie, Tasmania – William Burnie, director of Van Diemen's Land company in the early 1840s
  • Busselton, Western Australia – John Garratt Bussell
  • Cairns, Queensland – Sir William Wellington Cairns, governor of Queensland
  • Collie, Western Australia – Dr Alexander Collie
  • Cooktown, Queensland – Captain James Cook
  • Darwin, Northern Territory – Charles Darwin
  • Flinders, Victoria – Matthew Flinders
  • Fremantle, Western Australia – Charles Fremantle
  • Forbes, New South Wales – Sir Francis Forbes
  • Gawler, South Australia – Lieutenant-Colonel George Gawler
  • Geraldton, Western Australia – Charles Fitzgerald
  • Harvey, Western Australia – Sir John Harvey RN
  • Hervey Bay, Queensland – Augustus John Hervey
  • Hobart, Tasmania – Lord Hobart
  • Landsborough, Queensland – William Landsborough
  • Lorne, Victoria – John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll, Marquess of Lorne
  • Mackay, Queensland – John Mackay
  • Melbourne, Victoria -- named by governor Richard Bourke in 1837, in honour of the British Prime Minister of the day, William Lamb—the 2nd Viscount Melbourne.

Melbourne suburbs:

  1. Bentleigh, Victoria – Thomas Bent
  2. Brunswick, Victoria – Caroline, Duchess of Brunswick
  3. Fawkner and Pascoe Vale, Victoria – John Pascoe Fawkner
  4. Fitzroy, Victoria – Sir Charles Augustus FitzRoy
  5. Lalor, Victoria – Peter Lalor (indirectly – via Peter Lalor Home-Building Cooperative Society)
  6. Scoresby, Victoria – William Scoresby
  7. Seddon, Victoria – Richard Seddon
  8. Spotswood, Victoria – Louisa Jane Spotswood, wife of Richard Seddon
  9. Truganina, Victoria – Truganini
  10. Tullamarine, Victoria – Tullamareena
  11. Williamstown, VictoriaKing William IV
  12. Wonga Park, Victoria – Simon Wonga
  • Mount Gambier, South Australia -- James Gambier, 1st Baron Gambier (1756-1833) Admiral of the Fleet.
  • Parkes, New South Wales – Sir Henry Parkes
  • Roebourne, Western Australia – John Septimus Roe
  • Scottsdale, Tasmania – James Scott
  • Shepparton, Victoria – Sherbourne Sheppard, squatter
  • Sydney, New South Wales – Thomas Townshend, Lord Sydney
  • Tom Price, Western Australia – Thomas Moore Price
  • Townsville, Queensland – Robert Towns

The Bahamas

Brazil

See: Namesakes Brazil

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Canada

Alberta

  • Cardston, Alberta, Canada -- Charles Card (1839-1906) The founder of the town of Cardston, Alberta, the first Mormon settlement in Canada. He has been referred to as "Canada's Brigham Young".
  • Edson, Alberta - Edson Joseph Chamberlain president of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway which position he took up in 1912 when Charles Melville Hays lost his life on the RMS Titanic
  • Fort Macleod Alberta - James Macleod second Commissioner of the North-West Mounted Police, from July 22, 1876, to October 31, 1880
  • Alexander Decoteau, a Cree policeman, Olympic athlete and Canadian soldier. Born 19 November 1887, died 30 October 1916 during the Battle of Passchendaele. A park in Edmonton, Alberta is named Alex Decoteau and is scheduled for completion in 2016.
  • Robert Speck, First Mayor of the new town of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Also has a street named after him off of Hurontario street near the Square One Shopping Mall.

British Columbia

Manitoba

New Brunswick

Newfoundland & Labrador

Nova Scotia

Northwest Territories

Nunavut

Ontario

Prince Edward Island

Québec

Saskatchewan

Yukon

Croatia

Egypt

Finland

  • Jakobstad -- Jacob De la Gardie (1583-1652). Swedish statesman, grown in Finland, and a one of the soldiers who introduced Dutch military methods into Sweden. He lead the Finnish Hakkapeliittas, and is the only person in the history to ever conquer Moscow
  • Kristiinankaupunki (Kristinestad) -- It is possible the Count Per Brahe [see Raahe] named the town after Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689). Or in memory of his first wife Christina Stenbock (1608-1650) (See also Ristiina [and Raahe].)
  • Loviisa -- Lovisa Ulrika of Preussia (1720-1882).Lovisa Ulrika of Preussia (Hohenzollern), Queen Consort of Sweden
  • Raahe -- Per Brahe the Younger (1602-1680). Count Brahe was a Swedish soldier, statesman, and author. He was a Privy Councillor from 1630 and Lord High Steward from 1640.
  • Ristiina -- It is possible the Count Per Brahe [see Raahe] named the town after Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689). Or in memory of his first wife Christina Stenbock (1608-1650) (See also Kristiinankaupunki [and Raahe].)
  • Vaasa -- Charles IX (1550-1611). While the name Vaasa refers rather to the family or House of Vasa rather than an individual, Vaasa (Vasa in Swedish) received its charter under Charles IX Vasa, King of Sweden

France

Guyana

Hungary

Israel

Italy

  • RomeRomulus (c. -771 to -717). Founder of Rome, Italy.

Japan

Mexico

New Zealand

North Island

  1. Feilding

South Island

Stewart Island

Chatham Island

Poland

Russia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, West Indies

Fort Charlotte carry her name in honour - Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744-1818). Queen consort of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, wife of King George III.

South Africa

Uruguay

USA Cities and Counties

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  • Saint George, Utah - George A. Smith (1817-1895). Apostle Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
  • Sandersville, Georgia - The city's original name was Saunders Corner, then Saundersville, for Mr. M. Saunders, a local storeowner. The settlement was located at an intersection of Indian trails, and later the site of Saunder's general store. In 1796, the town was made the county seat of Washington County.
  • Sandusky, Ohio -- Anthony Sadowski (c.1669 - 1736) Polish frontiersman of colonial times.
  • Seattle, Washington -- Chief Seattle (1780-1866). A A prominent figure among his people of the Duwamish American Indian tribe.
  • Schwaub, California - Charles M. Schwaub (1862-1939). An American steel magnate and leader at Bethlehem Steel. Schwaub, California was in existence from 1905-1907.
  • Sheridan, Wyoming -- Philip Henry Sheridan (1831-1888). Union general in the American Civil War.
  • Sherman, Connecticut -- Roger Sherman (1721-1793). Early American lawyer and politician, mayor of New Haven, Connecticut, and served on the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence.
  • Smoot, Wyoming -- Reed Smoot First US Senator from Utah (1862-1941).
  • Standish, California and Standish, Maine -- Myles Standish (1584 - 1656). One of the Mayflower passengers, Standish played a leading role in the administration and defense of Plymouth Colony from its start.
  • Stockton, California -- Robert Stockton (1795-1866). United States naval commodore, notable in the capture of California during the Mexican-American War.
  • Sutter, California -- John Sutter (1803-1880). Swiss-American pioneer of California known for his association with the California Gold Rush by the discovery of gold by James W. Marshall and the mill making team at Sutter's Mill

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USA Highways, Parks, and Bridges

Educational (Colleges and Universities)

Things

Automobiles

  • Antonov
  • Citroën - André-Gustave Citroën
  • Gottlieb Daimler -- Gottlieb Daimler Reitwagen (1834-1900). Engineer, industrial designer and industrialist who pioneered internal-combustion engines and automobile development.
  • Delorean -- John DeLorean (1925-2005). American engineer and executive in the U.S. automobile industry, and founder of the DeLorean Motor Company.
  • Diesel engine – Rudolf Diesel (1858-1913). German inventor and mechanical engineer.
  • DodgeJohn Francis Dodge (1864-1920) and Horace Dodge Sr. (1868-1920). Founders of the Dodge Brothers Company
  • Ferrari -- Enzo Ferrari (1898-1988)
  • Ford -- Henry Ford (1863-1947). was a prominent American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.
  • Mercedes-Benz Automobile - Named after Mercédès Jellinek (1889–1929) (her father having Daimler's Mercedes line of cars named after her) and Karl (Vaillant) Benz.
  • Peugeot --Armand Peugeot (1849-1915). a French industrialist, pioneer of the automobile industry and the founder of the French firm Peugeot.
  • Porsche -- Ferdinand Porsche (1875-1951). Austrian automotive engineer best knowns for the creating the Volkswagon Beetle, as well as many Porsche automobiles.
  • Renault -- Louis Renault (1877-1944), Marcel Renault (1872–1903) and Fernand Renault(). as a French industrialist brothers , and the founders of Renault and a pioneers of the automobile industry.
  • Morris - William Morris (not the artist)

Airplanes & Aerospace:

  • Boeing -- Boeing, William E. (1881-1956). American aviation pioneer who founded The Boeing Company.
  • Ilyushin -- Sergey Vladimirovich Ilyushin (1894-1977). Soviet aircraft designer who founded the Ilyushin aircraft design bureau.
  • Sikorsky -- Sikorsky, Igor (1889-1972). Russian American pioneer of aviation in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft
  • Sukhoy -- Sukhoy, Pavel (1895-1975). Belarusian Soviet aircraft constructor and designer.
  • Tupoleve -- Andrei Tupolev (1888-1972) Founder of Russian aerospace and defence company, headquartered in Moscow.
  • Zeppelin – Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917). German general and later aircraft manufacturer, the founder of the Zeppelin Airship company.

Guns, Firearms, Weapons

  • AK-47 -- Mikhail Klashnikov (1919-). Russian (formerly Soviet) small arms designer, most famous for designing the AK-47 (Avtomat Kalashnikova model 1947) assault rifle, the AKM and the AK-74.
  • Beretta Firearms -- Bartolomeo Beretta (living in 1526). Venitian master gun barrel maker.
  • Browning Automatic Rifle – John Browning (1855-1926). an American firearms designer who developed many varieties of firearms, cartridges, and gun mechanisms,
  • Bowie knife – Jim Bowie (1795-1836)
  • Colt revolver – Samuel Colt (1814-1862). American inventor and industrialist.
  • Gatling gun – Richard J. Gatling (1818-1903). American inventor best known for his invention of the Gatling gun, the first successful machine gun
  • Jatimatic (or JaTiMatic) – Jali Timari (1927-). A Finnish weapons manufacturer who designed a 9 mm recoilless submachine gun allowing Stallone to ride a motorbike while shooting in the movie Cobra.
  • Mauser Firearms -- Franz Andreas Mauser ; Peter Paul Mauser (1838-); Wilhelm Mauser
  • Moisin-Nagent Firearms. Brothers Émile & Léon Nagant
  • Molotov cocktail – invented by the Finnish army during the Winter War of 1939-1940, and named after Vyacheslav Molotov (1890-1986), the Soviet Minister of War. Due to its design and quality, Molotov cocktail should not be mixed with any other bottle bomb. The Finns also coined other terms after Molotov, such as Molotov bread (a bomb), Molotov breadbasket (a shrapnel bomb) etc.
  • Remington Firearms --Eliphalet Remington (1793-1861). Inventor of the Remington rifle.
  • SKS semi-automatic rifle -- Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov (1894-1986). Soviet weapons designer; he is one of the fathers of the modern assault rifle.
  • Stechkin APS -- Igor Stechkin (). Developer of the Russian selective fire machine pistol.
  • Thompson submachine gun – John T. Thompson, (1860-1940). United States Army officer best remembered as the inventor of the Thompson submachine gun.
  • Uzi submachine gun – Uziel Gal (1923-2002). German-born Israeli gun designer, best remembered as the designer and namesake of the Uzi submachine gun.

Medical Terms

  • Achilles' heel
  • Alzheimer's disease -- Alois Alzheimer (1864-1915)
  • Apert's syndrome -- Eugene Charles Apert (1868-1940) French pediatrician.
  • Apgar's Score -- Virginia Apgar (1909-1974) American anesthesiologist.
  • Baker's cyst -- William Morrant Baker (1839-1896). English surgeon.
  • Cushing's Sydrome -- Harvey Williams Cushing (1869-1939) American neurosurgeon.
  • Crohn's disease -- Burrill Bernard Crohn (1884-1983). American gastroenterologist
  • Foley catheter – Frederic Foley (1891-1966). An American urologist.
  • Heimlich maneuver – Henry Heimlich. (1920-). American thoracic surgeon
  • Hodgkin's Disease - Thomas Hodgkin (1798-1866) British physician, considered one of the most prominent pathologists of his time and a pioneer in preventive medicine.
  • Krebs' cycle -- Sir Hans Adolf Krebs (1900-1981). German-born English biochemist
  • Langerhans' islands -- Paul Langerhans (1847-1888). German pathological anatomist.
  • Parkinson's disease -- James Parkinson (1755-1824). English physician and paleontologist.
  • Petri dish – Richard Julius Petri (1852-1921) German bacteriologist.
  • Rorschach test – Hermann Rorschach (1884-1922). Swiss psychiatrist.
  • Salmonella -- Daniel Elmer Salmon (1850-1914). American veterinary pathologist
  • Salk vaccine – Jonas Salk (1914-1995)
  • Stent -- Charles R. Stent (1845-1901). English dentist

Miscellaneous

  • Archimedes' screw – Archimedes (c. -287 BC - -212 BC). Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer.
  • Baldwin Apple - Loammi Baldwin
  • Bloomers – Amelia Bloomer(1818-1894) American advocate of women's rights. Her name became associated with the women's clothing style known as "bloomers.
  • Braille – Louis Braille (1809 - 1852)
  • Bunson Burner -- Robert Bunson (1811-1899). German Chemist
  • Daguerreotype – Jacques Daguerre (1787-1851). French artist and chemist, recognized for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography.
  • Dolby noise reduction system – Ray Dolby (1933-). American engineer and inventor of the noise reduction system.
  • Euclidean Geometry – Euclid (~300 BC). Greek mathematician, often referred to as the "Father of Geometry".
  • Ferris wheel – George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. (1859-1896). Was an American engineer.
  • Franklin stove – Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
  • Gallup poll – George Gallup (1901-1984). American pioneer of survey sampling techniques used for measuring public opinion.
  • Geiger counter – Hans Geiger (1882-1945). A German physicist.
  • Gerrymandering - Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814), Governor of Massachusetts, United States, who rigged voting districts in a way that resembled the shape of a salamander in 1812.
  • Gillette safety razor – King C. Gillette (1855-1932). American businessman, popularly known as the inventor of the safety razor.
  • Gore-Tex – L. "Bill" Gore (1912–1986). Chemical engineer and one of the main inventors of Gore-Tex fabrics.
  • Guillotine - Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin (1738-1780)
  • Hammond Organ – Laurens Hammond (1895-1973)
  • Hooker (as in prostitute) - Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker V
  • Jacuzzi – Candido Jacuzzi (1903-1986)
  • Leotard – named after Jules Léotard (1842-1870)
  • Listerine - named after Joseph Lister (1827-1912)
  • Linux - named after Linus Torvalds (1969-)
  • Lynching - named after Col. Charles Lynch (1736-1796)
  • Macintosh (the waterproof coat) – Charles Macintosh (1766-1843)
  • Mason jar – John Landis Mason (1832-1902)
  • McCormick reaper – Cyrus Hall McCormick (1809-1884)
  • Mercator projection – Gerardus Mercator (1512-1594)
  • Moog synthesizer – Robert Moog (1934-2005)
  • Morse code – Samuel Morse (1791-1872)
  • Pasteurization – Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)
  • Pilates – Joseph Pilates (1883-1967)
  • Ponzi Scheme -- Charles Ponzi (1882-1849)
  • Rubik's Cube – Ernő Rubik (1944-)
  • Sandwich – Earl of Sandwich
  • Simon Fraser - Simon FraserFur Trader & Explorer who charted most of British Columbia
  • Sousaphone – John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
  • Stetson – John B. Stetson (1830-1906)
  • Tesla coil, Tesla turbine – Nikola Tesla
  • Venn Diagram – John Venn
  • Wedgwood porcelain – Wedgwood family including Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795)
  • Wheatstone bridge – Sir Charles Wheatstone
  • Windsor knot – Edward VII of the United Kingdom (1841-1910)
  • Zamboni ice resurfacer – Frank Zamboni

Units of Measurements Named after People:

  • Anders Jonas Ångström (1814–1874). Unit often used to measure size of atoms.
  • Ampere -- André-Marie Ampère (1775–1836)
  • Celsius -- Anders Celsius (1701–1744)
  • Becquerel -- Antoine Henri Becquerel (1852 – 1908)
  • Bell (commonly used as dB) - Alexander Graham Bell (1847–1922). Unit of measure for sound pressure and more.
  • Coulomb -- Charles-Augustin de Coulomb (1736 – 1806)
  • Dalton --John Dalton (1766–1844). Non Si unit used to denote one atomic mass unit.
  • Delisle Temperature Scale -- Joseph-Nicolas Delisle (1688–1768). This unit of temperature measurement was used primarily in Russia in the 1700's.
  • Farad -- Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
  • Fahrenheit Temperature Scale -- Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1683-1736)
  • Henry -- Joseph Henry (1797–1878)
  • Hertz -- Heinrich Hertz (1857-1894)
  • Joule -- James Prescott Joule (1818–1889)
  • Kelvin Temperature Scale -- William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824–1907)
  • Lambert Unit -- Johann Heinrich Lambert (1728 – 1777). A non-SI unit of luminance.
  • Neper - John Napier of Merchiston (Neper, Nepair, Marvellous Merchiston) (1550– 1617).
  • Newton -- Isaac Newton (1643-1727)
  • Ohm -- Georg Simon Ohm (1789 – 1854)
  • Pascal -- Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)
  • Phot - Patriarch Photius I of Constantinople (Photius or Fotios) (810 – c. 893). A photometric unit of illuminance
  • Rankine Temperature Scale -- William John Macquorn Rankine (1820–1872)
  • Réaumur Temperature Scale -- René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur (1683-1757)
  • Richter magnitude scale – Charles Richter (1900-1985)
  • Rømer Temperature Scale --Ole Christensen Rømer (1644–1710). A disused temperature scale proposed in 1701.
  • Röntgen -- Wilhelm Röntgen (1845 – 1923)
  • Siemens -- Ernst Werner von Siemens (known as Werner von Siemens) (1816–1892)
  • Sievert -- Rolf Maximilian Sievert (1896 – 1966)
  • Tesla -- Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943)
  • Volt -- Alessandro Volta (1745–1827)
  • Watt -- James Watt (1736–1819)
  • Weber -- Wilhelm Eduard Weber (1804–1891)

Elements Named after People:

Subatomic Particles:

  • Bosons -- Satyendra Nath Bose / সত্যেন্দ্র নাথ বসু (1894-1974)
  • Fermions -- Enrico Fermi (1901-1954)
  • Higgs bosons -- Peter Higgs (1929- )
  • Majorons -- Ettore Majorana (1906-1938)
  • Goldstone bosons -- Jeffrey Goldstone (1933- )
  • Nambu-Goldstone bosons -- Yoichiro Nambu / 南部 陽一郎 (1921- )
  • Pomerons -- Isaak Pomeranchuk / Исаак Яковлевич Померанчук (1913-1966)
  • Skyrmions -- Tony Skyrme (1922-1987)

Commercial products and entities

  • Bose Corporation -- Amar Bose (1929- ). Indian-American electrical engineer, sound engineer and billionaire entrepreneur.
  • Cambell's Soup -- Joseph A. Cambell (1817-1900) Was the founder of Campbell's Soup in 1869.
  • Cox Enterprises -- James M. Cox (1870-1957). News Paper Reporter. News Paper Publisher. Twice the Governor of Ohio.
  • Craigslist -- Craig Newmark ( 1952 - ). Internet entrepreneur best known for being the founder of the San Francisco-based international website Craigslist.
  • Dell, Inc. -- Michael Dell (1965 - ) American business magnate and the founder and chief executive officer of Dell Inc. He is one of the richest people in the world, ranked 44 with a net worth of US$14.6 billion in 2011
  • The Walt Disney Company -- Walt Disney (1901-1966). American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon, and philanthropist, well-known for his influence in the field of entertainment during the 20th century.
  • Eudora e-mail client -- Eudora Welty (1909-2011). Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer.
  • Fox Film Corporation & FOX -- William Fox (1879-1952) Pioneering Hungarian-American motion picture executive.
  • Godrej Group -- Pirojsha (1182-1972) and Ardeshir Godrej (1868-1936). Indian businessman brothers who laid the foundations for what is today the Godrej Industries Group.
  • Hearst Corporation -- William Randolph Hearst)
  • Heineken International -- Gerard Adriaan Heineken (1841- 1893) Founder of Heineken.
  • The Jim Henson Company -- Jim Henson (1936-1990). An American puppeteer best known as the creator of The Muppets.
  • Hilton Worldwide -- Conrad Hilton(1887-1979). American hotelier and founder of the Hilton Hotels chain.
  • Koch Industries -- Fred C. Koch (1900-1967). American chemical engineer and entrepreneur who founded the oil refinery firm that later became Koch Industries, the second-largest privately-held company in the United States.
  • Knott's Berry Farm -- Walter Knott (1889-1981). American farmer who created the Knott's Berry Farm amusement park in California.
  • Larsen & Tourbo -- Henning Holck-Larsen (1907-2003) and Søren Kristian Toubro (1906-1982). Co-founders of the Indian engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T).
  • Loews Theaters/Loews Incorporated -- Marcus Loew (1870-1927). American business magnate and a pioneer of the motion picture industry who formed Loews Theatres and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).
  • Mars, Inc. -- Franklin Clarence Mars (1883-1934). American business magnate who founded the food company Mars, Incorporated, which makes mostly chocolate candy.
  • [Maxwell Coffee -- [Harriett Virginia Overton Harriett (Maxwell) (c. 1831-1898). Maxwell House Coffee is named for a hotel, the Maxwell House, in Nashville, Tennessee. The hotel was named for Harriet Maxwell, wife of its builder, Colonel John Overton, Jr.
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary -- Noah Webster (1758-1843) American lexicographer, textbook pioneer, English spelling reformer, political writer, editor, and prolific author and George (1803-1880) and Charles Merriam.
  • Morgan Stanley -- Henry S. Morgan (1900-1982) and Harold Stanley (1885-1963) American bankers and co-founders of the company Morgan Stanley in 1935.
  • Prada -- Mario Prada (-). Founder and original designer of fashion label Prada, a company specializing in many high fashion goods.
  • Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (after Martha Stewart)
  • Spreckels Sugar Claus Spreckels (1828-1908). Major industrialist in Hawai'i during the kingdom, republican and territorial periods. He also involved himself in several California enterprises, most notably the company that bears his name, Spreckels Sugar Company.
  • Simmons & Company International-- Matthew R. Simmons (1943-2010). founder and chairman emeritus of Simmons & Company International and a President George W. Bush energy adviser.
  • Thomson Corporation -- Roy Thomson,1st Baron Thomson of Fleet (1894-1976). Canadian newspaper proprietor and media entrepreneur.
  • TATA Group -- Jamsetji Tata (1839-1904). Indian entrepreneur and industrialist, prominent for his pioneering work in Indian industry.
  • Trump Organization and Trump Entertainment Resorts -- Donald Trump (1946- ). American business magnate, author, and television personality.
  • Ty Inc. -- Ty Warner (1944- ). American toy manufacturer and businessman.
  • Wal-Mart and Sam's Club -- Sam Walton (1918-1992). Businessman and entrepreneur born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma best known for founding the retailers Wal-Mart and Sam's Club.
  • Warner Bros. (after Harry, Albert, Sam, & Jack Warner)