January 2, 1998 in Nation/World

Virtually All Cyber Names Are Hot Among New Corporations Net, Zone Are In; Video, Panda Out As Monikers

Dave Mcnary Los Angeles Daily News
 

Cyber Cigars are apparently a lot more popular than Panda Spas.

At least, that’s what could be construed from data released Wednesday by CDB Infotek.

The public records information service company culled the records of the 52,150 companies that incorporated in California last year and concluded that the hottest names for new companies include the words: Internet, virtual, zone, nutrition, inner, angels, millennium, consulting, cyber and cigar.

What’s out? Escrow, video, construction, environmental, condominiums, townhome, bug, spas, chicken, concerned, panda and backhoe have disappeared as the decade has worn on.

“The results show the electronic age has hit the world of commerce,” said spokesman John Karevoll. “Some declines reflect the slowdown in construction. I don’t know what to make of things like the decline of chicken.”

Except for “company,” “corporation” and “enterprise,” the most commonly used word was “international” in 2,839 incorporations, or better than 5 percent. Names following those were: services, USA, systems, medical and California.

“Construction” was seventh with 861 uses, down 17.6 percent from 1990, followed by “development” with 829, off 16.2 percent from 1990. Other big declines include “association” and “homeowners,” which slid from 612 to 252.

Words posting gains include: net, telecom, dental, digital, silicon, interactive, charitable and solution.


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