The original After Effects crew drew their codenames for products from the menu of a restaurant not far from the office, Apsara. We just visited that restaurant, and apparently not much has changed. I just ate some Lort (tiny egg rolls) and some Nime Chow, which together cover three of the early codenames (Lort, Egg, and Nim Chow).
John Dickinson posted some fun CoSA and After Effects history a little while back, which tells more about the old building and the food-based codenames. While I’m at it, here’s the link to the demo reel for After Effects 1.1.