Did you know: the original meaning of the Samsung brand name

Did you know: the original meaning of the Samsung brand name
Samsung is the company that makes the most popular Android smartphones in the world, and while it’s been struggling to maintain its high profits in the past few months, all eyes are now on the expected Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge that could change the course for Samsung.

But did you know what is the original meaning of ‘Samsung’? Since we don’t know Korean, that meaning was not obvious, and it’s definitely interesting to see what does it mean and why was it chosen.

In Korean, the word Samsung translates as ‘three stars’. This brand name was picked by Samsung founder Lee Byung-chull at the inception of the company with the idea of the company one day becoming powerful and ever-lasting as are stars in the skies.

But why exactly three, what does ‘three’ have to do with success, and why not two or four? The reason for this turns out to be hidden in the Korean language where the number ‘three’ is used as a symbol, a representation for something that is big and powerful.

So there you have it, the aspiring to be big and powerful Samsung has become just that in recent years. Do you expect it to get even stronger with the Galaxy S6, judging by all latest rumors? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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36 Comments

1. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Samsung started from selling groceries and food items in 1938. That's where it started: http://image.mt.co.kr/image_realdisp.php?ImageID=2008081410153656296_2.jpg

3. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

No different now, with the amount of cheap low and mid range devices, it's like going down the ketchup isle...lot's of different brands, but unless you buy the Heinz or maybe the Hunt's, it's gonna' be sh*t...

4. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

You're a special kind of idiot, I will give you that.

15. iushnt

Posts: 3083; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Cheers for special kind of idiot

16. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

that's why the best selling android phone. Keep on hating and Samsung will be keeping on the top!

27. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Certified Loser?

31. flamencoguy

Posts: 107; Member since: Aug 04, 2012

idiot

2. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

That was a nice piece of info.. I always thought samsung was the last name of the company's owner.

23. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes thats why you named yourself Tim cook because u think found the company? Or because of

28. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

because he must be g-y too. owning an iphone, he must be g-y. just like timmy

5. phljcnth

Posts: 553; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Yes I actually did. Because I've read an article like this here before.

6. Techielover

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Wonder what the Apple logo means?

7. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It's an ironic corruption of the French word "appel," meaning "call" or "name."

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well the original Apple logo has fruity color bands. I guess Steve and Tim had a lot in common once. Except Steve decide to take a "straight" path.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30900; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx for the info PA, had no idea.

10. mandkeee

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 27, 2009

i think phonearena editor really loves samsung. i mean who really want to know about that mean? I really dont wanna know...this phonearena is tech website....not a samsung website.... i really love this site and had lots good info from here... but some of articles when i read before i felt like some of PA editors are work for samsung.

11. romeo1

Posts: 809; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

You can say the same about apple in this case Some of us including me like to read these kind of articles. But I'm pretty sure they get paid by the bigger brands because they are biased at times.

17. iushnt

Posts: 3083; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Is also not about only you You don't wanna know, don't click it. But there are many who would like to know.

18. willard12 unregistered

Let's overlook the fact that you clicked on an article about Samsung's name and then complained that the article is about Samsung's name. Instead, let's look at the 16 (sixteen) articles preceding it. 4 are related to Windows, 3 to Motorola, 2 to HTC, 0 to Samsung. So, it's easy to conclude that you have 1 or 2 other options of articles to click on other than this one. This is in spite of the fact that the second largest phone announcement of the year will occur in 8 days.There are going to be some articles about the largest cell phone manufacturer in the world. But don't feel bad. People who complain about the number of Apple articles in August and September are equally as stupid as you.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Actually this is the biggest phone announce of the year. The iPhone 6 was launched in 2014, this is 2015 making the S6 the big announcement for the 1st Quarter. But I agree with you otherwise. To click on and article you didn't have to read, and then complain like a little girl about it is just sad.

29. andynaija

Posts: 1253; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

12. engineer-1701d unregistered

This is why it's annoying when people don't look at a company's history most people that have a brain know about Samsung's history is called the internet

13. TBomb

Posts: 1283; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

the Galaxy line makes sense now...

14. gundam-boy

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Yes because their Japanese is using 三星 (san sei) which in Japanese also mean three star.

19. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Based on this, it would be cool to see three glowing stars on the back of Samsung products, similar to Macbooks

20. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

i knew the three stars,but now i know what the three really means ...cool.i liked the three stars on the logo..

21. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

samsung is a good brand but to be honestly their low end phone sucks lots of hanging problem

22. Cyberchum

Posts: 1024; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And this is worthy of an article, how? Like whoever wanted to know their history won't check out Wikipedia or its likes.

24. tech-lover

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

It's 삼성 Means three stars. Of course now it has much more stars! samsung is the biggest brand in the world. 1.samsung electronics 2.samsung life insurance 3.samsung fire and & marine insurance 4.samsung heavy industries 5.Samsung c&t 6.sumsung sds 7.samsung techwin 8.samsung motors. I not saying samsung every produt is the best but everyone that care about tech should respect this brand.! Don't be a fan but respect !

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Those are all independent companies under Samsung. None of them have anything to do with Samsung Electronics.

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