The hidden meaning behind the names of tech giants: what does Samsung mean?
First, we ought to mention that Samsung is a company based in Seoul, South Korea, and as such, its name is purely Korean. Samsung is actually a word made of two parts - Sam and Sung, and each of them has a meaning. Sam stands for ‘three’ and Sung means ‘stars’, so combined together Samsung literally translates as ‘three stars’ or ‘tristar’. This Korean symbol (‘hanja’) stands to signify something that Samsung is “big, numerous, and powerful” (translated from the ‘sam’ hanja), and ‘eternal’ (as in the ‘sung’ hanja). Summing it all up, we have something big, powerful, and eternal embedded right in Samsung’s DNA, its brand name.
Curiously enough, those same three stars were actually reflected in the company’s logo from its earliest days in the 30s, when Samsung was just starting off as the business of a few families of landowners. Now, Samsung employs over 236,000 people across 79 countries in the world (apart from Korea), and it’s one of the world’s 10 most valuable brands. Staggering evolution, isn’t it?