60 Famous Acronyms for Companies and Organizations

, Staff Writer
Updated October 22, 2020
IOC International Olympic Committee acronym
    IOC International Olympic Committee acronym
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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.

When it comes to abbreviations, there are two different types of 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. GEICO - 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 Fridays - Thank God It’s Fridays
  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?