If Monero is official name of this project, why is the name bitmonero still commonly used?

Even the daemon is named bitmonerod. Are both names Monero or Bitmonero considered correct?

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    Amusingly, a new namespace in the GUI code was recently named Bitmonero...
    – user36303
    Commented Jul 24, 2016 at 14:55

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Bitmonerod was the original name provided by thankful_for_today

The community decided to take over the project from TFT following some disagreements and renamed it Monero. The name bitmonerod is still used to refer to the Monero daemon but bitmonero is no longer a correct name for the project. thankful_for_today disappeared and has not posted on Bitcointalk since June 30, 2014.

In addition to changing the name, the trading symbol was also briefly changed to BMR to MRO before the Monero community settles on XMR. XMR was chosen for a specific reason:

The official ISO 4217 standard specifies three-letter ("Alpha-3") codes for currencies worldwide. Codes beginning with "X", among others, are reserved for special purposes such as non-currency commodities.


Bitmonerod was inherited from the original version named Bitmonero. There is a plan to do away with these legacy bits,bitmonerod may be renamed to monero-daemon and simplewallet to monero-wallet-cli.


I'm sure the bitmonero name will hang around for a bit longer, even after the changes that lethos3 linked to, but as an interesting aside: since "Monero" means "coin" in Esperanto "bitmonero" literally means "bit coin"!


There was a recent pull request which attempted to change to another name Moonero.

The pull request was not merged and the plan mentioned by lethos3 remains in place.

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