Bluetooth. The name, the facts.

In the event you’ve always assumed that Bluetooth was the last name of its inventor (Bobby Bluetooth, Horatio Bluetooth, Philip G. Bluetooth, Leroy Bluetooth…), the name comes from Harald Gormsson, a Norwegian and Danish king from the 10th century. He had a dead tooth, which, apparently, gave off a dark blue hue; Bluetooth was the unfortunate nickname he was given. OK, now you know where it came from, but why on Earth did it come to describe the technology that most of us enjoy daily?

In the mid 1990’s, members from industry leaders Ericsson, Nokia, and Intel were working on a way to standardize short-range radio technology to support collaboration and connectivity across an array of industries and products. Intel’s Jim Kardach was apparently well versed in Nordic history. He offered up the name Bluetooth, which he―and soon the others―felt was an applicable name. Apparently King “Bluetooth” Gormsson was an effective leader, having united Scandanavia. And with their new technology designed to unite the cellular and PC worlds, the name stuck.

Interesting tidbit alert: the Bluetooth logo is King Bluetooth’s initials written in a language I think most of us understand and speak―runes (it’s an old Scandanavian language).