Yes back in the days I used Alta Vista as it was well known.
Then I read some PC magazines and they said that Google was a better search engine. So I tired it and have been on it every since.
Google sounds a silly name, but it is a very good name as it is easy to say and easy to spell and easy to type.
Eg you can "Google it"
Try saying you can DuckDuckGo it !
or look fro it on DuckDuckGo