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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"?
The founders were named Alain CISse and Erwin COfalka
It stands for "Communication and Information Systems COrporation"
The founders where from Colorado, Indiana, South Carolina and Oregon
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)
McGonagle, McKnight, McNemey were the founders
Machines, Materials and Mobiles
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?
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.
"To google" means to do research, to obtain information.
"Goo glen" is a suburb of Palo Alto, where the company is located.

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?
Electronical translation devices
It's a Christian printing house
Integration software
Trekking shoes

Question 7:

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

Question 8:

IBM is a computer hardware and software giant. What does its name stand for?
International Business Machines
Idaho Brewage Mogul
Information Brokering Media
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?
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.
Axa was a Belgian comic book hero who had many accidents, but always came out safe.

Question 11:

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

Question 12:

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


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