Do you know what the original name of was?

Gmail is synonymous with emails. You may have switched on to another browser considering the privacy issues Google’s Search Engine has been currently facing. But whether you use the Search Engine or not Gmail must be there in your device. But did you know the household mailing platform wasn’t originally named

Initially the whole service was started by Google Employees as a service for Google Employees only. The employees didn’t like the existing mailing platforms like Hotmail and Yahoo, as they reloaded the entire interface. The new project was initially calledCaribou’. However, Google changed the name, when they opened up for the public. But the path wasn’t that easy for them.

The company faced multiple trademarks issues. Starting from Germany where there was already an existing firm called G-mail. Gmail had to then operate on two domain names and In Poland, a domain name was operating. In Russia, there was another Even in the United Kingdom, Gmail faced trademark issues and operated principally through there.

Gmail slowly handled and resolved all these issues. It was after all these hurdles that we see the brand ‘Gmail’ today. Imagine how everything would have fared if they had stuck with their original name Caribou. In fact when I searched for WhoIs info on, I found the domain name was still registered with Google.


  1. Andrew Milo Avatar
    Andrew Milo

    It’s interesting to think about how such a widely-used and well-known service could have had a completely different name. However, it’s not uncommon for companies to go through multiple naming iterations before landing on the final choice. Ultimately, what matters most is the value and utility that the product or service provides to its users, rather than what it’s called.

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