Name Origins

Where did the name of the Xerox Corporation come from?


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The name of the Xerox Corporation came from the name of the process the company commercially introduced in the late 1950s. That was called "xerography" and is derived from two Greek roots - "xeros" for dry and "graphos" for writing. So xerography means "dry writing." Since all methods of making photocopies prior to that time required the use of "wet" chemicals, this was a highly descriptive name.