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Origins of the Porsche name

By Product Expert | Posted in Dealership, Performance, Porsche on Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 9:48 pm
1948 Porsche 356 roadster next to the Porsche Mission E Concept

What does the Porsche name mean?

Porsche is a purveyor of fine German automobiles, but what does the Porsche name mean? Is it German for something? Or perhaps it’s someone’s name. Find your answers and more as we explore Porsche history.

1948 Porsche 356 Carrera GT red front viewIs Porsche a last name?

Porsche is a last name, and it belongs to Ferdinand Porsche, the company’s founder. Ferdinand first started his company in 1931 as an engineering consulting firm specifically geared towards the automotive industry.

At first, the company did not build cars under its own name. Notably, one of Ferdinand’s first designs was actually the Volkswagen Beetle. In 1948, the first car to actually bear the Porsche name was built. It was called the Porsche 356 and you can actually see many style elements from this car reflected in modern Porsche models.

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What is the full name of the Porsche company?

Interestingly enough, if you look up Porsche you might see a radically complex name listed as the real name of the company. It’s not just Porsche. It’s actually Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. That is quite the mouthful to be sure, and we can tell you what it all means.

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Ferdinand Porsche sculpting a car out of clayWhat does Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG mean?

We’ve already established that Porsche is a German company named after Ferdinand Porsche. With that information in hand, decoding this company name actually becomes a lot easier. Believe it or not, most of the company name is actually Ferdinand’s full title.

The first part “Dr.” actually stands for doctor like you would expect. After that “Ing. h.c.” stands for Ingenieur honoris causa which translates from German into engineer honorary degree. Then the “F.” of course, stands for Ferdinand. Put it all together in English you have Doctor of engineering honorary degree Ferdinand Porsche.

The AG at the end is simply what type of company it is. Think of it like an LLC in the states. Here AG means Aktiengesellschaft. That mouthful translates to “shares company.” Essentially it means the company is owned by shareholders. Now you know the whole story behind Porsche and its rather complicated name.

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