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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?
Keller, Ferguson, Colins (the founders)
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Kansas, Fort Cheenook (the place where it was established)
Kenneth Fitzgerald Carrington (the founder)

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

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)
Machines, Materials and Mobiles
McGonagle, McKnight, McNemey were the founders
Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing

Question 5:

Google is not just a search engine. It is a multinational company. What is the origin of the name?
"To google" means to do research, to obtain information.
"Goo glen" is a suburb of Palo Alto, where the company is located.
It's a misspelling of "googol" - a number written as 1 followed by one-hundred zeros.
"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?
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.
Luft = air; Hanse = guild (or union.)
It means "German Airlines."

Question 8:

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

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.
Antoine Xavier Ancienne was the founder.
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.

Question 11:

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

Question 12:

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


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