Last week, we finally deployed CiviCRM in our organisation. Hurray! :-)

One of the questions I get from our users, is 'what does the civi in CiviCRM means'? And I have no idea.

Does anybody knows something about the name CiviCRM, about where it comes from?

2 Answers 2


The canonical explanation is that Civi comes from "civil society", ie " "aggregate of non-governmental organizations and institutions that manifest interests and will of citizens."

Over the years, I've heard various other explanations, one is that Dave and Lobo are extremely polite borderline canadian, so when they built a crm, they wanted it civil.

After the first civicon, at the end of a long night involving lots of tequila shots, I've heard a sinister plot that Dave is an 5-star general in the army that is going rogue and wants to take control of the UN. According to the legend, the cividog has fought back and protected the civilians. Those knowing Dave (or Scout) would take that explanation with a pinch of salt.

  • Was it related to the "CivicSpace" drupal project?
    – Demerit
    Commented Mar 6, 2018 at 18:22

I have also heard the 'civic sector' alternative, but I like the Scout story far better!

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.