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As it turns out, the ubiquitous wireless technology’s name has nothing to do with being blue or tooth-like in appearance and has everything to do with medieval Scandinavia.

Harald Bluetooth was the Viking king of Denmark between 958 and 970. King Harald was famous for uniting parts of Denmark and Norway into one nation and converting the Danes to Christianity.

So, what does a turn-of-the-last-millennium Viking king have to do with wireless communication? He was a uniter!

So his name was given to the wireless link that unites and connects so many devices together.

The Bluetooth logo is also a combination of “H” and “B” , the initials of Harald Bluetooth written in the ancient letters (runes) used by vikings (picture below)

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