We know where most tire companies got their names. There were in fact Messrs Michelin, Goodyear, Dunlop, Pirelli.
Not sure about Gislaved.
But what about Bridgestone?
Turns out that company was founded by Shojiro Ishibashi. "Ishi" means "stone" in Japanese; perhaps you've eaten 'ishiyaki', literally, 'stone cooking', where you grill your food on a hot rock.
And "bashi" means "bridge".
Hence, Ishibashi-san's name means Stone-Bridge.
But somebody - maybe his own self - thought switching the syllables around sounded better.
So, Bridgestone it became, and Bridgestone it remains.
And no, I don't know why these weird thoughts keep popping into my mind...