Mental blogged about back when we named Inkscape, and how eery it is seeing the name everywhere, and hearing everyone talk about it.
I don't remember all the details, but I remember brainstorming names with Mental. It was really important to me to pick a good names, because I know that for the name of a project can be key to its success or failure. A lot of people pick names that are silly, or inside jokes, or boring, meaningless acronyms, but I think these are limiting; they make your project sound too unprofessional, or too hard to remember, or too boring. We cracked the thesaurus and went through a LOT of variations of various words and combinations. Just about everything art related was already used. I remember when the name 'inkscape' came up, it was like, "Aha, that's it!" :-)