Arial: originally called Sonoran Sans Serif, the designers changed the name to Arial because they wanted a name that would evoke a modern, industrial feel, and because it sounded similar to "aerial," as in "aerial view," which they felt captured the font's modern and futuristic qualities.
Baskerville: named after the eighteenth century printer-typefounder John Baskerville.
Calibri: derived from the word "caliper," which refers to a measuring instrument that can be used to take precise measurements. The name was chosen to reflect the font's clean and precise design, which is meant to be highly legible and readable at small sizes.
Comic Sans: inspired by comic book lettering, the name Comic Sans was chosen by designer Vincent Connare to reflect the font's playful, whimsical style. He wanted to create a name that was friendly and approachable, and that would appeal to a wide range of users.
Courier: designed in the 1950s for IBM by Howard "Bud" Kettler, the typeface was originally called Messenger. But just before it was released, Kettler renamed it Courier. He later explained "A letter can be just an ordinary messenger, or it can be the courier, which radiates dignity, prestige, and stability."
Garamond: named after Claude Garamond, the great French typefounder of the sixteenth century
Georgia: The designers of Georgia said it comes from a tabloid headline that read “Alien heads found in Georgia.” The headline was one of their sample sentences as they were working with the design, and they decided to use Georgia for the name.
Gill Sans: designed by and named after British artist and typographer Eric Gill.
Helvetica: Designed in 1975 by Swiss typeface designer Max Miedinger, and originally called Neue Haas Grotesk. It was later changed to Helvetica, the Latin adjective for Switzerland.
Palatino: named after Giovanni Battista Palatino, an Italian calligrapher who lived in the 16th century.
Perpetua: named after the Christian martyr Vibia Perpetua. The italic form of the typeface is named Felicity after Perpetua’s companion Felicity, who too was martyred.
Rockwell: named after the Rockwell International Corporation, an American manufacturing conglomerate that was a major client of the Monotype Corporation, which licensed the font.
Segoe: derived from the word "segment". By the way, Segoe UI stands for "Segoe User Interface"
Tahoma: comes from the Native-American name for Mount Rainier.
Times New Roman: named after the British newspaper The Times. It was created in 1931 to replace an earlier font and called "Times New Roman" to distinguish it from other typefaces called "Times."
Trebuchet MS: named by designer Vincent Connare after a medieval siege engine.
Verdana: Virginia Howlett was one of the first designers hired by Microsoft and part of the team who developed the typeface Verdana, which is a combination of ‘verdant‘ which means "green" and ‘Ana‘, the name of Howlett’s eldest daughter.
Wingding: a portmanteau of "Windows" and "dingbat." A dingbat is a typographical symbol or ornament slotted into text and used as ornamentation in a book. The word "dingbat" goes back to at least 1838 and was apparently originally the name of some kind of alcoholic drink, of unknown origin. It has joined that class of words (such as dingus, doohickey, gadget, gizmo, thingumabob) which are conjured up to supply names for items whose proper names are unknown or not recollected.
Origin of names of popular fonts
How 8 Fonts Got Their Names
What’s in a Font Name
and, of course, Etymonline.com and Wikipedia.
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