The history of the Oreo cookie
So how did the Oreo get its name? The people at Nabisco aren't quite sure.
Most websites seem to follow this trend, providing much speculation but few definitive answers. In fact, this article
seems to be one of the only sources which attempts to give a definitive origin for the name "Oreo":
Like Spam, the origin of the Oreo's peculiar name has been the subject of endless speculation. (Spam, in fact, is a conflation of the words spice and ham). According to Nabisco historians, the Oreo was not named after the Greek word oreo, meaning "mountain." Nabisco's pride and joy was named by taking the "re" out of cream and squishing it, sandwich-style, between the two "o's" from the word chocolate.
Unfortunately, they never mention who these Nabisco historians are who say that this is the real origin of the name "Oreo."
Sadly, the official Oreo website
is silent on the matter.