Short plug for https://projecteuler.net/. A wonderful site where a number of simple to complex problems designed for a computational solution are presented and solution checkers are provided.
Q: Why is the C Programming Language called C? or it's derived variants for that matter...
A: It's historical and follows a pattern of prior work.
CPL was a British project to create an all-singing all-dancing programming language. The Common Programming Language. The language was not a huge success .
The British computer scientists scaled it down a little. They reduced the scope and the ambition. This produced the "Basic combined programming language"
BCPL - a smaller language which was good for low-level programming. It was well suited for writing compilers and system code. (1966)
This, in-turn, inspired the "B" language.. at Bell Labs
And this was the basis for "C" at Bell Labs by the now famous engineer Dennis Ritchie.
C of course has many derived languages of its own; including popular C++, C#, Objective-C and many more.
(credit to Quora post from Glyn Williams)
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