Nearly Named: BackRub
It's hard to believe that Google, which has become an actual in-the-dictionary verb, was nearly called something way more bland and boring. But, lo and behold, before Sergey Brin and Larry Page became billionaires, the Stanford grad students named their revolutionary search engine BackRub. In 1997, the two decided they needed a catchier name; as well as one that described their ambition to catalog the entire world. The name Google, a play off the word "googol," a mathematical term for the number one followed by 100 zeroes, was born. Something tells us, "Hold on, let met BackRub that," wouldn't have caught on in the same way.