Siri founder Dan Kittlaus, who now works for Apple as an engineering director, recently admitted that Steve Jobs did not like the name Siri for his voice recognition software. However, he was unable to come up with something better and it just stuck.
Here is a portion from Kittlaus’ talk:
Three weeks after we launched I got a call in the office from someone at Apple that said, “Scott Forstall wants to talk to you and he’s the head software guy.”
And I said sure…
Only it wasn’t Scott that called it was Steve. And Steve never announces where he’s gonna be and what he’s gonna do because there’s too much commotion around it. So he said, “Dag, this is Steve Jobs.”
He goes into how he went to visit Steve at his home and had a long talk with him about the software, the future of Apple and other plans. Kittlaus mentions that he feels very fortunate, because he was given the chance to work with Steve for a year.
On a side note there is a mention in the report saying that Steve Jobs did not like the name iMac, either. He preferred MacMan. Let’s just say it’s a good thing they went with iMac. We’re sure he changed his mind when he saw how marketable the “i” prefix was.