Siri Co-Founder Says Steve Jobs Wasn't Sold on Siri's Name
Sure, we all know what Siri is. But do you know what the name Siri means? It's Norwegian for "beautiful woman who leads you to victory."
As it turns out, Steve Jobs apparently didn't dig beautiful conquering Norwegian ladies. Okay, so we don't really have any proof of that assertion. But we do know for certain that he didn't like the name Siri. That much was made clear by recent comments from Dag Kittlaus, one of Siri's original creators and a former executive with Apple.
"I worked with a lady named Siri in Norway and wanted to name my daughter Siri and the domain was available," Kittlaus said in a speech this week. "And also consumer companies need to focus on the fact that the name is easy to spell, easy to say."
Once the iPhone maker acquired Siri two years ago this April for a speculated price tag of $200 million, Steve Jobs really liked what he saw... just not the name. Kittlaus admitted to trying to convince the late Apple chief of how cool the name was, but Jobs still wanted other options. When none proved more attractive, Jobs reluctantly agreed to keep Siri's original birth name.
"What's particularly interesting about this," writes Yoni Heisler of NetworkWorld, "is that there are similar stories regarding the naming process behind the iMac and the iPod - two products with names Jobs reportedly didn't care for either but ultimately acquiesced to after not being able to find better alternatives."