Peugeot etymology: What does its name mean? Who is it named after?

Peugeot is one of the most popular car brands coming out of France, but where does its name come from and what of its history?

The Peugeot family started a small manufacturing company in the early 1800s in Valentigney, France, near the Swiss border. By the middle of the century, the family firm began to make coffee, salt and pepper grinders — objects still sold under the Peugeot brand today.

With the company’s metallurgy skills, Peugeot soon diversified into bikes, umbrellas, wheels and steel supports. It wasn’t until 1889, under the leadership of Armand Peugeot, that Peugeot began to make cars.