Where did Henry Ford get the name for his biggest failure the Edsel?

It was actually Henry Ford II, the grandson of the famous Henry Ford, who named the Edsel after his dad.

The name Edsel is a Germanic derivation of the name Atilla, but it’s unlikely that Ford executives meant to honor the ruthless Hun when they named it.

When Edsel Ford died in 1943, he willed all of his Ford stock to the Ford Foundation.

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