# What is the origin of the word “Keccak”?

Where does the word or acronym Keccak come from?

1. Guido Bertoni, Joan Daemen, Michael Peeters, and Gilles Van Assche. Keccak sponge function family main document. Submission to NIST (updated), 2009.

2. "NIST Selects Winner of Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA-3) Competition". NIST 10/2/2012.

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I've wondered about this myself so I'll upvote. Although this question is not about crypto per se, I can't find anything wrong with it as per the FAQ. I assume you've already searched the documents you cite for terms such as Keccak stands for, the name of the algorithm... etc.? – rath Aug 25 '13 at 15:16
Note that given the many unpronounceable names of the hash methods in the competition that I'm glad we will just continue to call Keccak SHA-3 from now on. – Maarten Bodewes Aug 25 '13 at 17:50