60 Famous Acronyms for Companies and Organizations

Did you think that abbreviations and acronyms were only used in texts? Well, you’d be wrong. Before the text era, several famous companies and organizations were using an acronym for their name.

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When it comes to abbreviations, there are two different types companies and organizations use: acronyms and initialism. Acronyms are letters that form a new word, while initialisms are when the letters are said individually. However, when talking about famous company and organization acronyms, these umbrella terms cover both true acronyms and initialisms. Explore several famous company and organization acronyms.  

Famous Acronyms for Organizations

Acronyms are common in organization names because they are easy to write, say, and remember. Just a few famous ones you might know include AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). Explore other famous organizations around that world known for their acronyms. 

  1. 4H - Head, Heart, Hands, Health

  2. ACL - American Consultants League

  3. ACLU - American Civil Liberties Union

  4. ACT - Association for Commuter Transportation

  5. ALS Association - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association

  6. AWAI - American Writers and Artists Institute

  7. BBB - Better Business Bureau

  8. CAUSE - Council of Actions United for Service Efforts

  9. COMPA - Conference of Minority Public Administrators

  10. DMEF - Direct Marketing Educational Foundation

  11. EPA - United States Environmental Protection Agency

  12. FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency

  13. HSLDA - Home School Legal Defense Association

  14. HUD - Housing and Urban Development

  15. IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

  16. INTERPOL - International Crime Police Organization

  17. IOC - International Olympic Committee

  18. IRS - Internal Revenue Service

  19. ISO - International Organization for Standardization

  20. NABET - National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians

  21. NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  22. NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization

  23. NRA - National Rifle Association

  24. OPEC - Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries

  25. OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Administration

  26. TRANSED - Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons

  27. UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

  28. WHO - World Health Organization

  29. WWF - World Wildlife Fund

  30. YMCA - Young Men’s Christian Association

Famous Company Acronyms

Organizations aren’t the only ones to have famous acronyms. Companies have them too. Did you realize that A&W is actually the owner's initials? The same is true for H&R Block. Explore other famous company names you might not have realized were acronyms.  

  1. 3M - The Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company

  2. A&W - Allen and Wright (founders Roy Allen and Frank Wright)

  3. AT&T - American Telephone and Telegraph Company

  4. BMW - Bavarian Motor Works

  5. BVD - Bradley, Voorhees, and Day

  6. CVS - Consumer Value Stores

  7. GIECO - Government Employees Insurance Company

  8. ESPN - Entertainment and Sports Programming Network

  9. EPCOT - Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow

  10. H&R Block - Henry and Richard Block (actual last name was Bloch)

  11. H&M - Hennes and Mauritz

  12. HSBC - Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

  13. IBM - International Business Machines

  14. JBL - James Bullough Lansing

  15. L.L. Bean - Leon Leonwood Bean

  16. M&M - Mars & Murrie’s

  17. MAC - Make-up Art Cosmetics

  18. NBC - National Broadcasting Company

  19. PAM Cooking Spray - Product of Arthur Meyerhoff

  20. NERF - Non-Expandable Recreational Foam

  21. REI - Recreational Equipment, Inc.

  22. SPAM - Shoulder of Pork and Ham

  23. TASER - Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle

  24. TCBY - The Country's Best Yogurt

  25. T.G.I Friday’s - Thank God It’s Friday’s

  26. UPS - United Parcel Service

  27. WD-40 - Water Displacement 40th formula

  28. WWE - World Wrestling Entertainment

  29. YAHOO - Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle

  30. YKK - Yoshida Manufacturing Corporation

Famous Acronyms Found in Business

Many famous companies and organizations have made a great name for themselves. Or should you say an acronym? Companies like YAHOO and TASER are famous for their acronyms. And many people do not even realize that it’s an acronym. Interested in learning more about abbreviations? Check out the rules for abbreviations. You might also explore examples of common acronyms. Did you know that LASER is actually an acronym?

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