Dries Buytaert

Acquia, what's in a name?

How Jay and I came up with the name Acquia, and how it is (not) pronounced.

Acquia recently turned 15. Over the past 15 years, I've heard the name "Acquia" pronounced in all sorts of different ways.

It was Jay Batson, my co-founder, who came up with the name "Acquia". Please blame Jay for the difficult name. ;)

When it came time to pick a name for our company, Jay insisted that the name started with the letter A. I remember questioning the value of that. In a world where people search for things, who looks up things in alphabetical order?, I asked.

In the end, Jay was right. I learned a great many things the past 15 years, including how common alphabetical listings still are. You'd be amazed how often Acquia ranks number one in listings. It gave us a small edge.

For more background on how the name Acquia came to be, and some other Acquia trivia, check out Jay's blog post "ah-kwe-eh".

— Dries Buytaert