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The name Ceph comes from cephalopod, a class of mollusks that includes the octopus and squid. The suggestion came from Carlos Maltzahn, a professor in our research group at UCSC, sometime in 2006. My memory is a bit hazy, but if memory serves the reasoning had something to do with their high level of intelligence and many-tentacled–ahem, “distributed”–physiology [insert hand waving here].
Here are some fun facts (and links).
Amusingly, I was searching for a story I heard a while back about an octopus at an aquarium that would sneak out of its tank to steal fish/food from a nearby tank and then return home, but ended up on this page on snopes about the prevalence of the story.