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Origins of Corporate Names
"It seems as if corporate names made more sense in the old days when companies were inclined to take a name that described what they did. This quiz runs down the origins of what seem to be non-descriptive names."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
You may see the name of FMC corporation on a variety of specialized equipment around airports, and on street sweepers and such. They also produce chemicals, and have spun off a military vehicle operation. What did "FMC" originally mean?
Federated Mining and Chemicals
Fredericks Marchant Corporation
Food Machinery Corporation
Federal Machine Corporation
The initials NCR appear on equipment and information systems found in businesses. What did "NCR" originally stand for?
Newmont, Craig, and Rogers
Northeast Carbon Recording
New Castle Receiving
National Cash Register
The Japanese car maker Nissan was once known as Datsun? How did the name "Datsun" originate?
Three initials of the three founders plus the English word "sun."
The city in Japan where the company started
Japanese da (moving) plus tsun (spirit)
A river near Osaka
Sun Microsystems is a high tech company making computer workstation and high performance servers. How did the name "Sun" originate?
The initials of the three founders
An abbreviation for Stanford University Network
From the sun as being symbolic of light and power
From the name of founder McNealy's cat, Sunshine
Exxon is one of the world's larget oil companies. How did it get its name?
It was named for the founding Exxon family
It was named for the oil rich Exxon Hills in West Texas
It means "energy" in ancient Greek
It was picked from a list generated by computer
TRW was a large conglomerate once known for highly diverse divisions having interests in everything from auto parts to lawn mowers to aerospace. They have since been acquired by aerospace giant Northrop Grumman. Where did the name TRW come from?
Transmissions, Radios, and Wireless
Truck and Railway Works
Thompson Products merged with Ramo-Woolridge Corporation
Territorial Roads and Waterways
Kawasaki Heavy Industries is a Japanese company well known for its motorcyles. How was the name "Kawasaki" derived?
The founder, Shozo Kawasaki
The Japanese Kawa (valley) plus saki (spirit)
A city in Japan
A sacred mountain
The Italian automaker Fiat is famous for its spirited small cars. How was the name Fiat derived?
From the Italian, meaning " the final word"
It's an acronym
From the founder, Enzo Fiat
From the Fiat d'Planos region in northern Italy
Kyocera makes copiers, cell phones, semiconductors and a variety of other technical products. How was their name derived?
From the Japanese Kyo (primary) plus cera (goods)
From the name of a blue flower that blooms in spring
From the founder, Hibiki Kyocera
It's short for Kyoto Ceramics
IBM stands for International Business Machines. What was their name before 1924 when they changed it to IBM?
Timekeeping Machine Corporation (T-M-C)
Punch Card Enumerating (P-C-E)
The James Blue Company (J-B-C)
Computing- Tabulating- Recording Company (C-T-R)
One of the pioneering companies in the electronic gaming industry was founded in Silicon Valley in 1974 by Nolan Bushnell, who give it its name, Atari. From what was the name "Atari" derived?
It's from the game of "Go" and means something like "check" in chess
It is the Hindi word for "warrior"
It is the Japanese word for "robot"
It's an acronym
Where the "Pepsi" part of the "Pepsi-cola" name come from?
It implied treatment of dyspepsia
The flavorings included pepsidyne
It suggested it would pep you up
The company mascot was a schnauzer named "Pepsi"
How did the name "Coca-cola" originate?
From the main ingredients coca leaves and kola nuts
From Koca Kola, a town in Brazil
From the two ingredients cocoa beans and colaria leaves
From the ingredients cocaine and kola nuts
What was the previous name of the Bank of America, before it was changed in the '30's?
Pacific Northern Bank
American Foundation Trust
Knott, Vurry, Lieklee
Bank of Italy
What is the origin of the name of the Swedish automotive company, Volvo?
It was named after a city in Sweden
It means "I roll" in Latin
It was named after the founder, Gustaf Volvo
It was named after a Swedish breed of herding dogs
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