NameAPI is a web API
to handle people's names
in your software.

News

16.03.2017

Version 5.2 Deployed

As announced, the new version has been installed.


02.03.2017

Version 5.2 release candidate is online

More names, more cultures.


01.11.2016

Version 5.1 Deployed

As announced, the new version has been installed.


18.10.2016

Version 5.1 release candidate is online

More names, more cultures.


12.05.2016

Version 5.0 Deployed

As announced, the new version has been installed.


Name Parser

Name parsing is the process of splitting a name string into its components.

  Examples by culture:
Examples:

  Examples by culture:
Examples:


  Examples by culture:
Examples:

 

Identifying the culture is key to understanding the terms. 

  • Prof Dr Mary-Louise D. Miller Jr => English
  • Abd al-Masih Al-Azawi => Arabic
  • Dong Hua Lee => Chinese

Only after the culture has been identified, the name parts can be understood and split correctly.

Parsing the person's name is the first step for additional processing, such as genderizing.

Applications

  • Extracting first names and last names from a full name string.
  • Identifying the gender of a person.
  • Culture profiling.
  • Differentiating between natural and legal people (businesses).
  • Identifying individual people within a name string.

Although colonization and globalization have caused naming systems to be more uniform, there are still plenty of cultural peculiarities that make this process challenging.