Is there a way to permanently remove a name from the faces in the new Photos app?

When you tag a face accidentally with "John" instead of "John Miller", you can delete the face associated with "John" and remove the "John" tag from all your photos, but "John" will still be suggested every time you tag a face and start with "J...".

I guess this is especially annoying when you type fast and tag a lot of faces, where you will end up with dozens of typo/etc. names that will be suggested to you every time you enter a name...

  • Just rename the incorrect tag. Once no references to it exist, it will no longer be offered as a suggestion.
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:47
  • I already deleted the incorrect tag, but it will still show up in the dropdown menu that appears when tagging a face?
    – snurden
    Jun 21, 2015 at 16:18
  • only if one variant is a 'face' but the other is a Contact - or should be… I did a lot of juggling with Faces in the transition to Photos & the added Contacts tagging, & that's how it was working for me
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 21, 2015 at 17:43
  • Ah okay, so all the other faces are 'contacts' in my case, any suggestions then?
    – snurden
    Jun 21, 2015 at 20:29
  • I never figured out how to get rid of the Contacts, sorry. I do prefer to have my Faces named 'Fliss F' rather than felicity.fotheri[email protected] ... It just seems... more friendly;)
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 22, 2015 at 4:15

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The iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 versions of Photos makes this significantly easier.

Select the face / person / name in question and then select:

  • Remove this person (from macOS)
  • Remove (from iOS)

That purges the name and face from ones it will select in the People Album. I do see that both platforms will find names from your contacts, so if you just removed "Mary" from your album and you have any contacts with Mary in them, you will still get prompted. Temporarily deleting the contacts (make a backup) or deleting the sync of cloud contacts like iCloud and Outlook.com (or the many other contact sync options) you can test that Photos doesn't have that name anymore to suggest to you.

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