The origins of the names?

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  1. Shaolin

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    I know that Yonex, Adidas and Babolat's names are based on family names (Yonex: Yoneyama, Adidas: Adolph "Adi" Dassler) but Im wondering about some of the other companies.

    Ive heard Wilson is a Finnish company but why "Wilson", thats NOT a Finnish name. And why "Prince", why not "King"? Why "Head" instead of "Face" or "Leg"?

    Just wondering. Have a nice day.
     
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  2. Kirko

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    Wilson was in the beginning a meat packing company based out of Chicago,IL . They got into the sporting good market because of gut. They made it for medicne & for strings. The rest is history.
     
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  3. Howard Head.
     
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  5. Shaolin

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    Thanks guys. Glad to know finally.
     
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  6. @wright

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    I never did like "PRince" for a racquet company name. I guess it's better than princess though.
     
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  7. BigboyDan

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    Josef Fischer; started with skis in 1924.


    John Boyd Dunlop; Scottish veterinarian, started with bicycle tires in 1888.


    Ralph and Albert Slazenger (brothers) started with rainwear in 1881; then went into racquets and cricket gear.


    Georg Völkl founded his company in 1880; Straubing, Germany; built buggies and carriages; skis by 1925; racquets in 1972.


    Frederick J. Bancroft; Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 1882. First American company to produce tennis racquets.


    Albert J. Spalding 1888; baseball player and sporting goods manufacturer. Made baseballs first.


    Snauwaert and Donnay were names of woodworkers, both from Belgium.
     
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  8. K!ck5w3rvE

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    Peter Laserfibre.
    Luis Tecnifibre
    Heir Klip.

    And the dreaded pirate of the seven seas...

    Deadarm Luxilon
     
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  9. kreative

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    wow, nice info Dan.
     
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  10. Cobra Tennis

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    Heir Klip.......lol
     
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