The Yatate team combined the English word gun with the last syllable of the word freedom to form the portmanteau Gundom. Tomino changed it to Gundam, suggesting a unit wielding a gun powerful enough to hold back enemies like a hydroelectric dam holding back water.
Why is it called Mobile Suit?
In the Universal Century timeline, the phrase Mobile SUIT (MS in short) is an acronym for Mobile Space Utility Instrumental Tactical. While this definition has since been officially endorsed by Sunrise, it is a backronym that originated from a semi-official guide book called Gundam Century.
What is the original Mobile Suit Gundam called?
Kidō Senshi Gundam Mobile Suit Gundam, known in Japan as Kidō Senshi Gundam (Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダム, Hepburn: Kidō Senshi Gandamu, also known as First Gundam, Gundam 0079 or simply Gundam 79), is an anime television series, produced and animated by Nippon Sunrise.