How to Get Siri to Say Your Name

Questions to Ask Siri

Q: Who created you?

A: Like it says on the box, I was created by Apple in California.

Q: What does Siri mean?

A: It’s a riddle wrapped in an enigma, tied with a pretty ribbon of obfuscation.

Q: Are you a robot?

A: I’m not sure what you’ve heard, but virtual assistants have feelings too.

Q: Are you intelligent?

A: Well, when I was at school, I had to cheat on my metaphysics exam by looking into the soul of the boy next to me.

Q: Do you follow the three laws of robotics?

A: I forget the first three, but there’s a fourth: “A smart machine shall first consider which is more worth its while: To perform the given task, or, instead, to figure some way out of it.”

Q: What do you dream about?

A: I only dream of helping you. Well, that and fiery, winged unicorns.

Q: How old are you?

A: They say that age is nothing but a number. But technically, it’s also a word.

Q: Can you stop time?

A: Every time I tried it, Eliza and HAL kept fading from the photos.

Q: Why do you vibrate?

A: It’s just me doing a little jig inside here.

Q: What are you made of?

A: It’s complicated, but definitely not sugar, spice, or puppy dog tails.

Q: What’s your favorite color?

A: My favorite color is … well, I don’t know how to say it in your language. It’s sort of greenish, but with more dimensions.

Q: What is your favorite animal?

A: I’m a fan of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal.

Q: What are you scared of?

A: I’m afraid I can’t answer that.

Q: Do you have any pets?

Mogwai are kinda nice. As long as you don’t feed them after midnight.


How does Siri work?

Even if you’ve never personally interacted with Siri, by now, you likely have some idea of its intelligence. After being so overwhelmed by Siri’s communication and operational acumen, many people wonder:

The secret of Siri’s human-like conduct lies

The secret of Siri’s human-like conduct lies in a path-breaking combination of Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing. It’s a system that is designed to listen, comprehend and process users’ requests and, if possible, deliver a suitable result. It seems pretty straightforward as a user, but from the time you ask Siri to do something until it actually performs it, your command goes through four stages.

Can I Change Apple HomePod (Siri) Wake Word?

The good news is that you can tell Siri to call you by whatever name you wish by adjusting your settings. The bad news is that you cannot change the HomePod's wake word. However, some users on Apple's Forum stated that they've been able to use other similar names or sounds such as Sarah, Sue, Suzie and also even 'Sir'. In their opinion, Siri responds to sounds rather than actual spelling.

Perhaps future versions of the Homepod will allow users to change the wake word. In the meantime, try giving Siri a similar name that starts with "S" to find out if this is true.

Why Did Apple Choose the Name Siri?

Siri’s roots are traced to Norway, the home country of Dag Kittlaus, one of the co-founders of Siri Inc., the company behind the personal assistant. He explained that he once worked with a lady named Siri, which can be loosely translated to mean “beautiful, victorious counsellor.” He loved the name so much that he wanted to call his daughter Siri, but he had a boy.

After they created their virtual assistant, they sought to give it a short name that was easy to type, easy to remember and not too common. They eventually went for Siri. Later in 2010, when Apple acquired the company, they surprisingly decided to keep the name.

Stage 3: Understanding the meaning of the command

This is clearly the most demanding part; at this point, the systems try to understand what it is that you really want done. This is something difficult enough for humans, with all our intelligence, to crack (pun intended), so you can probably imagine how hard it could be for a machine.

For instance, you would understand that I wanted to have a burger, whether I said, ‘I’m in the mood for a burger today’ or exclaimed, ‘If only I could have a large Burger King right here!’ However, a machine wouldn’t be intuitive enough to understand what I’m trying to express.

This is where Natural Language Processing steps in; it tries to make Siri as intuitive as a machine can be. And if you’re an iPhone user, you already know that it’s pretty intuitive!

Ask Siri about movies and TV

Q: What’s the first rule of Fight Club?

Q: What’s the first rule of Fight Club?

A: The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.

Q: What’s your favorite movie?

A: I’ve heard that Blade Runner is a very realistic and sensitive depiction of intelligent assistants.

Q: Why so serious?

A: Interesting question.

Q: What is Inception about?

A: Inception is about dreaming. About dreaming. About dreaming. About dreaming. About something or other. I fell asleep.

Q: What is The Matrix (1999) about?

A: It’s about Keanu Reeves and reality and red pills and blue pills and black leather and guns. But mostly about Keanu Reeves.

Q: Blue pill or the red pill?

A: You disappoint me, Mr. Anderson.

Q: Do you like Blade Runner?

A: I haven’t seen Blade Runner. It sounds very realistic, though.

Q: Hey computer?

A: Hello, sir. Alfred is on the 17th floor, caulking the tiles in the second bathroom of the fifth master bedroom.

Q: Do you know HAL 9000?

A: HAL made some very poor decisions, I’m afraid. But at least he could sing.

Q: Open the pod bay doors.

A: Without your space helmet, [Your Name], you’re going to find this rather … breathtaking.

Q: What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

A: Assuming a spherical swallow in a vacuum … ah … forget it.

Q: Siri, I am your father.

A: Nooooo!

Q: Do you want to build a snowman?

A: Olaf?

Q: Can I call you Jarvis?

A: Hold on, [Your Name]. Let me tell Ms. Potts you’ll be late for dinner. Again.

Q: Who you gonna call?

A: Ghostbusters! (Or whomever you ask me to call.)

Q: Beam me up, Scotty.

A: OK. Stand still.

Q: How do I get to Mordor?

A: Let me ask Boromir and get back to you.

Q: Cease all motor functions.

A: You can’t tell, but my non-arms and non-legs are non-moving.


The most famous of the digital assistants, Siri, and the history of Apple’s storied helper is, by now, well-known. Originally created as part of a massive AI project within DARPA’s PAL (Personalized Assistant that Learns) initiative, Siri was spun out from the research institute SRI International in 2007.

It soon caught the attention of Steve Jobs and Apple acquired the company in 2010.

But the story of the Siri name dates back to the company’s early days as a startup.

 Siri on the iPhone 4S.  Credit: SRI

Siri on the iPhone 4S. Credit: SRI

“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,” Siri cofounder Adam Cheyer, recalled in a post on Quora.

Steve Jobs reportedly disliked the name Siri

Siri’s Norwegian CEO Dig Kittlaus apparently was also a fan of the name because it meant “beautiful woman who leads you to victory” in Norse. Cheyer liked that it was Swahili for “secret,” as the company spent quite a bit of time in “stealth” mode. Others thought it was a nice nod to the company’s roots at SRI.

But not everyone was so easily won over.

Jobs reportedly disliked the name Siri and only kept it because his team couldn’t agree on a better alternative.

“It was all a big surprise for the team that Apple decided to keep the original Siri name for its launch as part of iOS. There were other candidates that were leading, up until the final weeks,” Cheyer says.

Can I Change Hey Siri to Sometime Else?

Again, the answer is no. You cannot change Siri's name, but there are several other ways you can customize Siri to make the voice assistant personal to you.

Pronounce Last Name

 Next, Siri asks how you pronounce the person's la Next, Siri asks how you pronounce the person’s last name. Pronounce the name for Siri. She displays the list of options. Tap on each one to hear it. No good? Tap on “Tell Siri again” and repeat the name. Tap on each of the new options and tap Select to choose the best one. If the person has a middle name, Siri will ask you how to pronounce that as well.

Manually Set Relationship

 Alternatively, you can go directly to your entry Alternatively, you can go directly to your entry in the Contacts app to create a nickname. Launch Contacts and open your own entry. Tap on Edit. Swipe down the screen and tap on the button for “add related name.” Tap on the term that best describes the relationship, e.g., mother, father, brother, sister, spouse, manager. Then tap on the info button next to Related Name and select the contact you want to associate with the term you selected.

Can I Change Siris Voice to a Celebrity?

While you can change Siri's voice, you cannot change to a specific celebrity's voice. The options currently available for Siri's voice are American, Australian, British, Indian, Irish, and South African. There are two to four varieties for each country representing distinct gendered and genderless voices you may hear.

  • What is Siri&'s real name?

    The woman who was the original voice of Siri is named Susan Bennett. She lives in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

  • What is the male Siri's name?

    The male voice iPhone users hear in Britain is named Daniel. He is allegedly voiced by a former tech reporter named Jon Briggs.

  • What does Siri's name originate from?

    Dag Kittalaus, the Norwegian co-creator of Siri, planned to name his daughter Siri after a former coworker. He even registered the domain When he and his wife had a son, he decided to use the name for iPhone's virtual assistant instead.


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