What does 'python' mean?


I just started to learn python.

I wonder what ‘python’ means.

It is known that LINUX means Linux Is Not UNIX.

Who named python? And why named python? What does it mean?

When he began implementing Python, Guido van Rossum was also reading the published scripts from “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”, a BBC comedy series from the 1970s. Van Rossum thought he needed a name that was short, unique, and slightly mysterious, so he decided to call the language Python.



Where did you hear that? AFAIK it’s just a play on Linus Torvald’s name, with an X at the end to signal that it’s UNIX-like. The recursive acronym sort of works (a bit of a stretch if you ask me), but I believe it’s just a coincidence.


Somebody probably mixed that up with GNU, which stands for GNU’s Not Unix.

I was about to write “For an pure referential acronym Linus might have used Xinu: Xinu is not Unix” and then I searched and discovered Xinu.