Origin of the name/word "Skype"
I often get asked “where did the Skype name come from?” A creative version was offered by one of our forum readers:
it’s a Chuvash word … meaning “The whole world can talk for free”
The truth is a bit different, but at least as interesting :)
So somewhere a few years ago, Niklas and the other guys started thinking of this new thing they are going to make, which would let the world talk for free. And so they needed a name for it.
One of the names they came up with was “Sky peer-to-peer”, which got soon shortened to “Skyper”. But as happens in the Internet world, some of the domain names associated with “skyper” were already taken, so they thought what the heck, let’s just drop the “r” and make it “Skype”. It sounded good and the domains were available.
Initially the name didn’t make sense to many people. (Probably still doesn’t.) They go “Skype, what is that? A bird? Or a disease?” But after people learn about what Skype can do for them, the name seems to kind of work.