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Old Dec 20, 2012, 02:04 PM   #1
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The Origins of the Name 'Safari'




Former Apple employee Don Melton has shared a unique look behind the scenes of the Safari development team. Melton was the team leader on both the Safari and WebKit products that are now used by millions of users on both iOS, the Mac, and Windows.

The name Safari, however, wasn't decided on until less than a month before the browser was originally launched. A number of different names were suggested, including 'Freedom', but none of them seemed right.

The name 'iBrowse' was used sarcastically within the team, though it was never used within the code. The development code name for Safari was 'Alexander'.
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From that point on, we had a brief discussion about the product name at random HI design sessions every month. Again, I don't remember any particular name we talked about. They all sounded so awful to me that I've purged from my mind the trauma of imagining the browser being labeled with any of them. And the candidate names seemed to get worse the closer we got to shipping.

I'm not sure if any of the names I heard came from Steve after that initial session. I think he doomed some group in Marketing to iterate on them for awhile. And the few names I proposed were stinkers too. No one was without sin here.

Finally I stopped thinking about it because of more important things to worry about -- like actually getting the engineering done.
In the end, the name 'Safari' was chosen and the rest is history.

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Old Dec 20, 2012, 02:07 PM   #2
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"Snappier" had something to do with it.
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 02:08 PM   #3
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I always figured it was from "Surfin' Safari", meaning surf the web.
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 02:09 PM   #4
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Safari always sounds like 'a rough ride' to me, while Apple makes it as smooth as possible. Never found the name appropriate.
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 02:15 PM   #5
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So it's just the random one that stuck? I don't see the point of this. Better to keep its "origin" private then say it's the best of the crap we thought of.


Maybe you see a few of the Mac OS cats on a safari?????
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 02:17 PM   #6
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Windows? Where have you been the last few months?

It's not a bad story though. Some things just happen like that.
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 02:20 PM   #7
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And it lived snappily ever after.
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 02:21 PM   #8
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I like “Alexander” actually. Safari seemed weird at the time, and now I’m just used to it. Too bad this origin story is missing, you know, the origin.

“Alexandria” (after the ancient library) would have been a good name. The iOS version could be called “Ale...ria”.
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 02:21 PM   #9
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well this was a filler article....
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 02:23 PM   #10
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Thank goodness they didn't go with "iBrowse".

That just sounds awful.
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 02:24 PM   #11
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Interesting article. Now, where does IE, Chrome and Firefox naming come from?
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 02:27 PM   #12
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So....you mean.....everything Steve Jobs said was NOT solid gold at Apple? Like he actually did things that didn't stick or didn't work sometimes and had someone else do it instead? You mean not every single idea that came out of Apple and continues to come out of Apple after his death was not his idea necessarily?

Somebody better alert the media and Wall Street. They seem to think that Apple is doomed. (yet again)
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 02:29 PM   #13
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Wow... Pointless story. So you dont remember any of the names and then somehow Safari just appeared.
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 02:41 PM   #14
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I figured it was because Safaris are synonymous with exploration -- web browsing is like exploring the internet, but the word "explore" was already used by Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

Interesting story, though. Thanks for posting this.
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 02:48 PM   #15
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Hmmm...

I always thought it was because "Safari" ends in an "i" and better than terrible names like "iBrowser," "iViewer" and "iSurfer." Crushed me like "Siri." I thought they used that name because it was "iRis" backwards. Turns out that's not it either.
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 02:50 PM   #16
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iBrowse.
http://www.ibrowse-dev.net/
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 02:52 PM   #17
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The Navigator asked the Explorer, where are the hot Foxes on this here Safari...?

Under the front Chrome bumper of the Jeep.
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 02:55 PM   #18
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I like the name Safari. Every time I surf the web, I feel like I'm going on an adventure!

And I very much like stories like this on the site. Little anecdotes about how things happen at Apple are great. Apple is by most measures the most successful technology company on the planet, and in fact one of the most successful companies on the planet in general. When Safari launched, the future of Apple was not even CLOSE to as bright as it is today. As a businessman, I enjoy getting some of the Apple backstory, as it's something anyone interested in business, marketing and technology would do well to research.
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 03:08 PM   #19
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Safari...what's that? Oh right, that annoying app that keeps opening whenever I click a web link in other apps even though I have the far more versatile Chrome on the homescreen dock of my iPhone.
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 03:13 PM   #20
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iBrowse

iBrowse was already a real browser...was one of the first, and best, browsers for the Amiga. Used it all the time in the mid '90s.

Yeah, it's a little too tongue-in-cheek and doesn't quite have the professional feel for Apple to have gotten away with using it as a name.
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 03:16 PM   #21
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Safari...what's that? Oh right, that annoying app that keeps opening whenever I click a web link in other apps even though I have the far more versatile Chrome on the homescreen dock of my iPhone.
let it go, bro
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The Navigator asked the Explorer, where are the hot Foxes on this here Safari...?

Under the front Chrome bumper of the Jeep.
Going to make an Opera out of that story?
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 03:43 PM   #23
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Safari, as in a tour through in the internet, which is a wild and dangerous place.

BTW, that article can be summed up as follows: The story behind the name is that there is no story behind the name.
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 03:45 PM   #24
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the original thought process of coming up with Safari:
internet -> porn -> mating -> we're animals -> jungle -> safari
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