# What does "Boeing" mean?

We know about the existence of Boeing planes like the 737, 747, and other planes. But where did the name "Boeing" come from?

• It's the noise the plane makes when it bounces, obviously ;) Mar 11 '20 at 9:40
• @Baldrickk bounces? What an untechnical term. You mean, when it elastically lithobrakes. Mar 11 '20 at 15:12
• In light of recent events I submit: Because Obviously Everyone Is Not Going Mar 11 '20 at 20:57
• It used to be an everyday slang term in Boston and San Francisco. It means "We need better streetcars". Mar 12 '20 at 8:01
• Its the noise the stock price of BA makes. Mar 12 '20 at 19:20

It's named for one of its founders William E. Boeing which is the American spelling of his father's German surname "Böing".

To answer the question directly: it does not mean anything in particular.

• I think the "Westervelt 747" has a much nicer ring to it... Or, "Watch out for that Westervelt B-52 coming to bomb you back into the stone age!" Mar 11 '20 at 1:10
• Funfact: in German, the word "Bö" or "Windbö" means gust or squall. It's a bit of nomen est omen but that is by pure chance. Mar 11 '20 at 6:26
• According to this German newspaper article, it means "son of Boie". The origins of Boie are unknown :)
– smcs
Mar 11 '20 at 15:58
• @WooShell That is already the case though, since "oe" replaces "ö" in German but is pronounced the same.
– smcs
Mar 12 '20 at 14:34
• @EricTowers in addition, it's also the official modern German spelling in contexts where the ö character is unavailable. Mar 12 '20 at 16:22