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Old 05-06-2008, 05:47 PM   #1
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Where does "Jeep" come from?

Without looking it up....where does the name "jeep" come from? There will prob. be some disagreement.

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yeah it could come from a few places
one is from the army tear, general purpose or GP for short
then there's the character named jeep from a TV show
one of those two

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^^thats the two i've always gone with. GP got pronounced jeep, so they went with it.

i guess the character jeep could move in and out of different dimensions, or someting weird like that, so they say it could go anywhere, and so can a jeep.
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ive always gone with the GP story. The other one just doenst seem like they would name a vehicle after a TV character (but thats just me)
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Actually I have done a little research on this, and the term GPW (meaning ford built MB) is teh only time GP appears in relation to the original Jeeps during WW2. The commonly held theory lately is that it was named after the Jeep from Popeye cartoons that were EXTREMELY popular with military personel. The Jeep character could "go anywhere." This led to the vehicles nickname...

This is my personal belief as to where the name originated....
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^that's not where it came from. but thats where it is now
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One account of the origin of the term "jeep" begins when the prototypes were being proven at military bases. The term "jeep" was used by soldiers for any untried or untested piece of personnel or equipment. In early 1941, Willys-Overland staged a press event in Washington, D.C., having the car demonstrate its prowess by driving up the Capitol steps. Irving "Red" Hausmann, a test driver on the Willys development team, who had accompanied the car for its testing at Camp Holabird, had heard soldiers there referring to it as a jeep. He was enlisted to go to the event and give a demonstration ride to a group of dignitaries, including Katherine Hillyer, a reporter for the Washington Daily News. When asked by the reporter, Hausmann too called it a Jeep. Hillyer's article appeared in the newspaper on February 20, 1941, with a photo showing a jeep going up the Capitol steps and a caption including the term 'jeep'. This is believed to be the most likely cause of the term being fixed in public awareness. Even though Hausmann did not create or invent the word Jeep, he very well could be the one most responsible for its first news media usage.



also Jeep" had been used as the name of a small tractor made by Moline.
and the jeeps had tractor engines


my guess would be that it was form the senator that called it the jeep, but ti stuck so well b/c all of the other things fit along in with it so it just made so much sense
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jeep was the green guy on the jetsons i believe..

thats what i thought it was from.. he could travel anywhere in a blink of an eye
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Named after this guy from Popeye.

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i was thinking jeep was the green dood from the jetsons.. oh well its been a while
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debruins explanation is what I've heard before, WWII-era influence over the pronunciation of "GP" by Military personnel. Seems more likely than the cartoon character association. But the most important fact is the trademarking of the "Jeep" name, which is no longer an expression, but now a market name.

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I read somewhere: (an Ad I believe) "They call them 'SUV's' because the Jeep name was already taken." (Referring to other manufacturers who tried to jump on the Jeep bandwagon with their version of a 'go anywhere' vehicle."

(Not that it explains the term "Jeep" but just an interesting observation).

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