The LEGO Group takes its name from an abbreviation of two Danish words, "leg godt," which translates into English as "play well." By sheer coincidence, the word "lego" means "I put together" in Latin.
Founded in 1932 in the Danish village of Billund by carpenter Ole Kirk Kristiansen, the LEGO Group started out making wooden toys and stepladders. The iconic plastic bricks for which the company is now best known first appeared in Denmark in 1949 under the name Kristiansen's Automatic Binding Bricks. The current LEGO brick system, which utilizes an interlocking tube design that provides greater stability, first appeared in 1958.