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How did Siri get its name?

As a startup, when coming up with Siri's name, we wanted something that was easy to remember, short to type, comfortable to pronounce, and a not-too-common human name. And we wanted to be able to get the domain name for not too much money... ;-)

Once Siri became the leading candidate, everyone on the team had their own favorite explanation of the meaning. Dag Kittlaus, our Norwegian-American CEO, once considered using Siri as the name of his child, and liked the Norse meaning "beautiful woman who leads you to victory". For me, Siri, which means "secret" in Swahili, was a tip of the hat to our pre-named days when we began as stealth-company.com. I also liked the fact that it was the reverse of Iris, a software system I help build as part of the CALO project which Siri spun out of. Some liked the resemblance to SRI, which was the research institute that ran the CALO project. We knew about Siri = beauty in Sinhalese, but missed that SHIRI = "butt" in Japanese (they're not the same word, but closely pronounced...)

And it was all a big surprise that Apple decided to keep the original Siri name for it's launch as part of iOS. There were other candidates that were leading up until the final weeks...


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Did you know the history behind the Siri's name?

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15 Comments
Jim Mascair
I figured it was the reverse of Iris and a poke at the competition.
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May 27, 2021 10:02PM
deborahpmercer
That was interesting! I actually know someone called Alexa, which is a pretty name but now potentially problematic!
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Sep 22, 2020 3:35AM
Malini Rao
In Kannada (South Indian language) Siri means wealth😊
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Sep 17, 2020 7:23AM
enrique
Thanks for the explnation i love learning new things
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Aug 26, 2020 11:23PM
DOSHog
Veronics Moss, I wonder why you wander!
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Jul 26, 2020 4:24AM
Tina Marie Haddad Rhodes
Jim Adams, People should not speak about what they do not Know...🐪🐪🐪🐪
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Mar 10, 2020 10:33AM
Hannah Fein
Thank you for the interesting information.
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Feb 3, 2020 5:10PM
Keti Chubinidze
Actually it’s even worse in Georgian. But it’s impossible to please everyone :).
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Jan 13, 2020 2:23PM
Richard Perkins
Change the i's to a's and you have my daughter's name.
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Dec 26, 2019 9:30AM
Sean Philips
Jim Adams, do some basic research before you comment, it’s got nothing to do with the Egyptian goddess. It’s an acronym for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or al-Sham).
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Dec 25, 2019 8:02PM
Susan Golebiewski
Interesting. Like the name Siri...
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Dec 25, 2019 1:20PM
Johnny Gio
Veronics Moss, WELL, WANDER NO MORE. PS TRY NOT TO 'WANDER' OUT OF-DA-HOUSE... MERRY CHRISTMAS..
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Dec 25, 2019 12:34PM
Jim Adams
Oh and one more this ISIS was already taken. I swear, I’ll never understand why a bunch of radical Islamist would want to name themselves after an old, moldy Egyptian Goddess.
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Dec 24, 2019 10:11PM
Sandhya Rani
In kannada language SIRI means Wealth.
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Dec 24, 2019 12:46AM
monicaligon
That’s very interesting and cool 😎
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Dec 23, 2019 5:16PM

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