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"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!
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)
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
It was named for San FranCISCO
The founders were named Alain CISse and Erwin COfalka
Nokia is widely known for their mobile phones. What does "Nokia" mean?
It's a name of a town in Finland where the company used to have HQ.
It doesn't have any meaning, just sounds good.
It means "mobile" in Swedish.
The first mobile phones were made by Kia, so "NoKia" was meant to hurt the market pioneer.
What is the origin of the name 3M, the company that makes almost "everything"?
Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing
Me and My Mom (the company was established bu a mother and son duo)
McGonagle, McKnight, McNemey were the founders
Machines, Materials and Mobiles
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.
"Gogol" is village in Russia, where one of the founders was born.
It's a misspelling of "googol" - a number written as 1 followed by one-hundred zeros.
"Goo glen" is a suburb of Palo Alto, where the company is located.
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?
Electronical translation devices
It's a Christian printing house
Lufthansa is a German air carrier. What is the meaning of the name?
The founders were Gustav LUFTig and HANS von Junkers.
Luft = air; Hanse = guild (or union.)
It used to be named "Luftwaffe", but after the WW II it was changed to erase war associations.
It means "German Airlines."
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
Which Far East company name can be translated as "three stars"?
AXA is a French insurance group. What does the name mean?
Antoine Xavier Ancienne was the founder.
It comes from Latin word 'laxo', meaning to liberate or to relieve.
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.
What is the origin of the name FIAT?
Enzo FIATtori was the founder.
"Fiat" in Latin means "let it be."
"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
You probably have heard of software and hardware. Can you tell what Compuware makes?
High-tech components for aircraft
Software that ease the life of IT managers and practitioners
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