When you create a company of any kind you have to give it a name. There are many forms of inspiration for this, but one easy choice is to use the name you already have yourself, or perhaps that of a relative or someone you admire.

This has happened very frequently in the motor industry, and sometimes even in the case of individual models as well as the manufacturer.

What follows is a list of examples, followed by a few exceptions where a car or company might look as if it was named after a person but actually wasn’t.

Some of this will already be familiar to most car enthusiasts, but if you learn something new, we’ll be very pleased.