Originally, during the Alpha period, the grid was known as Lindenworld. As we were getting ready to launch the Beta, we decided we needed a name that would convey the expansiveness, involvement and complexity we hoped would characterize this world as it grew. We started by debating the merits of a ‘place’ name versus a ‘descriptive’ name. We believed a place name would give people a sense of destination, and possibly some added layer of meaning. And we thought a descriptive name would help people understand this new concept of a shared, 3D collaborative space.
We had a lot of ideas for place names — one of my favorites was Sansara, which was not only euphonic, but had an interesting meaning in the original Sanskrit, meaning roughly ‘ever changing world’. Ultimately, though, we chose to go with a descriptive name, and looked at many derivatives of Terra, Viva, and life. We kept coming back to Life2, and then landed on Second Life as more interesting, more evocative and more what we hoped the world could become as it evolved and grew to be as big as life.
And that’s how it came about! – Robin Linden, former VP of Marketing and Community Development
Second Life grew out of Linden World and it landed with Da Boom. Da Boom in this case being the first region to be born in Second Life.
This quickly grew to sixteen regions :
Da Boom, Ritch, Zoe, Stanford, Federal, Freelon, Minna, Natoma, Taber, Welsh, Clyde, Hawthorne, Shipley, Clara, Varney and Stillman. Those sims are all still there by the way and you can happily explore them.
The first resident, Steller Sunshine, was a busy bee and there’s a climbable beanstalk in Welsh.
Taber is the home of Fairchang Park which offers freebies and has a lot of old original character to it.
The park is also dedicated to Garth Fairchang and there is a bench there with his name on it.