Excerpt from Wikipedia: The (@) amphere sign is known by various names in English, including... Personally, I think the 'ampersand' has a much better typographical history and makes more sense.
The native was shocked that the people didn't appreciate what he had done and instead, knocked him down and locked him behind bars.Well in Greece we refer to it by the name..papaki(pa-pa-kee) which means little duck although snail,vortex,worm are better matches for the symbol in my opinion... it means *AT* and st *AREA* =D We use that symbol for our address on the net, don't we?If it wasn't just the "at" symbol I'm sure somebody would have told us by now.My favourite from the foreign versions is the Czech one meaning a rolled pickled herring.THE OFFICIAL name is the "at" sign, from the same school of typographer's gobbledegook which gave us "octothorpe" (the #).
This naming predates the use of @ by electronic mail systems the world over, and sadly produces many ambiguities when mail addresses are dictated over the phone.
Perhaps we could latch onto that one and call it a "rollmop".
In American computer science, it is universally referred to as the "at sign", or "at" when reading out a sequence of characters or an email address.
There's an awful lot of opinion on this subject floating about, but nobody seems to be citing any references.
The best I can find anywhere online is at Wikipedia (but it's Wikipedia so take it with a pinch of salt! According to whoever wrote the article, it's formal name is "commercial at". Common names: at sign, strudel, rare, each, vortex, whorl, intercal, whirlpool, cyclone, snail, ape, cat, rose, cabbage, amphora. Ray Tomlinson was designing the first email program.
Some years ago I coined the word "epinota" as a name for the @ sign, from the Greek epi (at) and the Latin nota (sign).