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

Tata Motors is responsible for both the super cheap Nano, and the luxurious Jaguar and Land Rover ranges, but where does it name come from?

Although many of us in the West know about Tata through it attempt to build a car that would retail for under 100,000 rupees (US$1,500) — the Tata Nano.

Valued at almost US$109 billion, the Tata Group is a sprawling conglomerate that includes power generation, engineering, telecommunications, airlines, hotels, insurance, steel, chemicals, and consulting services.

It also runs joint ventures with Starbucks, Swatch, and Sky subscription television. And, let’s not forget that it owns Tetley tea, as well as Jaguar Land Rover through Tata Motors.

The company was founded in 1868 by Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, and carries the family name to this day. Only six people have been CEO of the Tata Group, and all but two of them have been his descendants.