In August of 2008, a couple in Sweden named their baby boy Linux after the open-source operating system.
Linux’s dad said that “[t]he reaction from family and friends has been positive — they all like it. Our families think it’s a bit of an unusual name but still a nice one, and our friends like it because it sounds cool!”
He announced the name to fellow Linux users that October, asking community members to send along “any stuff with the name Linux on [it], like stickers, pens, and so on” that they could spare.
The baby name Linux is also being used in the U.S these days:
- 2015: 6 baby boys named Linux
- 2014: unlisted
- 2013: 8 baby boys named Linux
- 2012: 5 baby boys named Linux [debut]
- 2011: unlisted
The operating system was created by Finnish software engineer Linus Torvalds. “Linux,” which Torvalds pronounces LEE-nux, is a portmanteau of Linus and Unix (the name of an earlier operating system).
What do you think of the name Linux? Do you like it more or less than Linus?
Source: A baby named Linux
Update, 5/13/2017: In 2016, Linux debuted on the girls’ list.