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Corporate Names

written by: marcing
"Ford" is named after its founder. "General Electrics" describes what the company does (or was supposed to do). This quiz explores company names that are not so obvious. Find out the origins of 12 corporations’ names!

Question 1:

McDonald's is named after its founders. Burger King is self-explanatory. Do you know what KFC stands for?
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Kenneth Fitzgerald Carrington (the founder)
Kansas, Fort Cheenook (the place where it was established)
Keller, Ferguson, Colins (the founders)

Question 2:

While surfing the Internet you may be using Cisco networking equipment without even knowing it. But do you know the origin of the name "Cisco"?
It stands for "Communication and Information Systems COrporation"
The founders where from Colorado, Indiana, South Carolina and Oregon
The founders were named Alain CISse and Erwin COfalka
It was named for San FranCISCO

Question 3:

Nokia is widely known for their mobile phones. What does "Nokia" mean?
It doesn't have any meaning, just sounds good.
It means "mobile" in Swedish.
It's a name of a town in Finland where the company used to have HQ.
The first mobile phones were made by Kia, so "NoKia" was meant to hurt the market pioneer.

Question 4:

What is the origin of the name 3M, the company that makes almost "everything"?
Me and My Mom (the company was established bu a mother and son duo)
Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing
Machines, Materials and Mobiles
McGonagle, McKnight, McNemey were the founders

Question 5:

Google is not just a search engine. It is a multinational company. What is the origin of the name?
It's a misspelling of "googol" - a number written as 1 followed by one-hundred zeros.
"To google" means to do research, to obtain information.
"Goo glen" is a suburb of Palo Alto, where the company is located.
"Gogol" is village in Russia, where one of the founders was born.

Question 6:

Iona is a small island from which Christianity was spread to Scotland and northern England. The island gave name to a company. What does Iona make?
It's a Christian printing house
Electronical translation devices
Integration software
Trekking shoes

Question 7:

Lufthansa is a German air carrier. What is the meaning of the name?
Luft = air; Hanse = guild (or union.)
It used to be named "Luftwaffe", but after the WW II it was changed to erase war associations.
The founders were Gustav LUFTig and HANS von Junkers.
It means "German Airlines."

Question 8:

IBM is a computer hardware and software giant. What does its name stand for?
International Business Machines
Information Brokering Media
Idaho Brewage Mogul
Informatio Bene Mentis (Latin, loosly: "(new) concepts are good for the intellect")

Question 9:

Which Far East company name can be translated as "three stars"?

Question 10:

AXA is a French insurance group. What does the name mean?
Axa was a Belgian comic book hero who had many accidents, but always came out safe.
Nothing! It was chosen deliberately as 'AXA' is not a word in any known language and is easy to pronounce.
It comes from Latin word 'laxo', meaning to liberate or to relieve.
Antoine Xavier Ancienne was the founder.

Question 11:

What is the origin of the name FIAT?
Enzo FIATtori was the founder.
"Trattieni il fiato" means "to hold your breath" in Italian - a reference to the beauty of the first model.
Abbreviation of Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino
"Fiat" in Latin means "let it be."

Question 12:

You probably have heard of software and hardware. Can you tell what Compuware makes?
High-tech components for aircraft
High-end computers
Hand-held devices
Software that ease the life of IT managers and practitioners


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