Why is Monero called Monero? Shouldn't it have a cool tech-sounding name like Bitcoin or Interslice or Globalcom?

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    This may or may not be a duplicate because it explains how the name was inherited but does not fully explain why a change to another name never occured monero.stackexchange.com/questions/243/monero-or-bitmonero
    – Smart Kid
    Commented Aug 26, 2016 at 3:07
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    another partial answer: monero.stackexchange.com/a/1024/11 The question is also somewhat speculative as the "why" is hard to answer
    – Smart Kid
    Commented Aug 26, 2016 at 3:08
  • We should consider changing it to Intercoinslicewebcom. Commented Aug 26, 2016 at 7:28
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    I was hoping someone would go into the whole "Monero is esperanto, esperanto is a constructed language" thing... how more likely than not anyone in the world might understand what Monero is because language yada yada yada.
    – Ginger Ale
    Commented Aug 26, 2016 at 9:19

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Monero translates to coin in Esperanto. The name of the original project that Monero is based on was called BitMonero, or literally BitCoin in Esperanto.


As revler1082 has already said, Monero translates to coin in Esperanto. In its early existence Monero used to be called Bitmonero (which translates to Bitcoin in Esperanto). During the community take-over the community decided to drop the "bit" part and stick with Monero. The name Monero actually makes sense if you look at other languages. That is:

The word for "money" and/or "coin" in the most spoken European languages:

  • English: money (money)

  • Spanish: dinero (money) / monedar (coin)

  • Russian: монета (coin) [sounds like "maneta"]

  • Portuguese: dinheiro (money) / moeda (coin

  • French: monnaie (money/coin)

  • German: Münze (coin)

  • Italian: denaro (money) / moneta (coin)

  • Polish: moneta (coin)

  • Ukrainian: монета (coin)

  • Romanian: monedă (coin)

  • Dutch: munt (coin)

  • Serbian: монета (money)

  • Irish: mona (money)

  • Estonian: monēta (money)

  • Lithuanian: moneta (money)

So esperanto for money (mono) and coin (monero) seems to be a very good fit for a lot of languages!

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/Monero/comments/4aw7xf/pretty_brutal_thread_on_4chan_people_hate_the/d14qe2m

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    Agreed. I had similar concerns about the name initially, until I understood how much though went Monero's esperanto/ worldly origin. Commented Aug 27, 2016 at 2:38

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