Baby names for internet lovers (Namestorm #9)

Did you meet your spouse online? Did you get your degree online? Do you work at home, via the Internet?

If the Internet has been significant part of your life, you might be interested in a baby name that honors one of the people who contributed to its development. Here are some ideas:

American engineer Vannevar Bush described a proto-hypertext computer system he called a “memex” in his influential essay “As We May Think,” published in 1945.

American computer scientist Lawrence Roberts and his team developed the ARPANET, predecessor to the modern Internet, in the late 1960s.

Leonard and Douglas (and Charles)
ARPANET was established between nodes at Leonard Kleinrock’s lab at UCLA and Douglas Engelbart’s lab at Stanford on October 29, 1969. The first message transmitted over the ARPANET was sent by UCLA grad student Charles Kline.

American programmer Raymond Samuel Tomlinson created the first true e-mail system (using the @ character) in 1971.

Vinton and Robert
American computer scientists Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn designed the TCP/IP Internet network protocol in 1973-1974.

The first Internet search engine, Archie (archive minus the v) was created by McGill University students in 1990.

British computer scientist Timothy Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web (HTTP, HTML, etc.) in 1990.

Marc and Eric
American software engineers Marc Andreessen and Eric Bina created the web browser Mosaic in 1993.

Can you come up with any other Internet-related names?

Sources: Computer History Museum, 18 Interesting Firsts on the Internet, Internet Pioneers, Wikipedia

2 thoughts on “Baby names for internet lovers (Namestorm #9)

  1. Great topic!

    Not internet related, but Alan Turing and Ada Lovelace jump to mind for their early computer work. I’m also trying to come up with a few girl’s names. Bina was the only one that popped out of your list.

    Eudora was an early email program. Meg Whitman is the prominent eBay CEO turned political candidate. JANET was an early education network.

  2. Thanks!

    I’m working on list of names inspired by computers generally, and Alan and Ada would be perfect for that one.

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