How was the name "Ethereum" chosen? Is there a meaning or story behind it? Did Vitalik Buterin choose it or did someone else?

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source is a quote from vitalik buterin : here

I was browsing a list of elements from science fiction on Wikipedia when I came across the name. I immediately realized that I liked it better than all of the other alternatives that I had seen; I suppose it was the fact that sounded nice and it had the word "ether", referring to the hypothetical invisible medium that permeates the universe and allows light to travel.

Although I did play wow back in the day, any reference to those level 70 baddies in Netherstorm is purely incidental.


The name "Ethereum" has roots in "the material supposed to fill the region of the universe" and the computer game World of Warcraft.

EDIT: @euri10 found the reference I tried to search for.

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