I don't even have a phone number for Aimee. Amy is even marked as a favorite. Whenever I say "Call Amy" then Siri says "I don't have a phone number for Aimee."

It was working with iOS 9.

iOS 10.1.1, iPhone 5,1.

  • Add Aimee or Amy's last name. Or are they also homophones? – Jaime Santa Cruz Dec 15 '16 at 3:36
  • They both have last names entered. I want to use just the first name to call. – Chloe Dec 15 '16 at 13:04

If both people are in your Contacts, you can give one, or both, a nickname. When using Siri, you can refer to the person by nickname and Siri will know who you're talking about.

To add a nickname to a person:

  1. Open the Contacts app
  2. Tap the contact you want to view, then tap Edit
  3. Scroll down and tap add field -> Nickname
  4. Add a nickname and tap Done

To remove a nickname, just reverse the steps. You can change the nickname at any time.


  • I added the nickname Amy but it didn't work. I also tried the nickname Aimee and that didn't work either. – Chloe Dec 16 '16 at 12:27
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    The iPhone can't tell the difference in the spelling when the names sound the same. Did you set each person up with a nickname that doesn't sound like the other person's nickname? You can't use 'Amy' and 'Aimee' as nicknames because they sound the same to the iPhone. – fsb Dec 16 '16 at 13:35

Not really a soultion, but would probably work anyway:

Roll with it - add Amy's phone number to Aimee's contact info!

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    Do we work for machines or do machines work for us? – Chloe Dec 16 '16 at 12:21
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    @Chloe, sometimes I do wonder.... – j-beda Dec 16 '16 at 17:15

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