Retail signs. Chick-Fil-A Restaurant in Long Beach, California, on January 27, 2015.
The Secret Meaning Behind The Name
By Ashley Reut
With winning recipes for food and business, Chick-fil-A is here to stay, and it all started with a name. Chick-fil-A put a lot of thought into its name, which rolls off the tongue and lets you know exactly what you're getting, but there’s more to the story.
Chick-fil-A's founder, S. Truett Cathy, was determined to create a meaningful name for this new restaurant that marked a new chapter in his life. He once compared his hot and juicy chicken sandwich to a fine filet of beef and started the naming process with "Chicken filet."
There was a change from "Chicken filet" to "Chick filet," with the final touch being the switch from "filet" to "fil-A," because the A represented that he served the highest quality food. Cathy went on to add a number of other deliciously satisfying comfort foods, like mac and cheese, to his menu, but it has remained iconic for his fried chicken sandwich over 50 years later.