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

News

08.12.2022

A Year Dedicated to African Names

The African continent counts a total of 54 official countries. All the countries have at least two...


05.12.2022

More Persian Names

The Persian language, also known as Farsi, is part of the Indo-European language family and the...


25.11.2022

More Nepali Names Imported

Nepali names consist of a given name followed by a family name, which usually indicates the...


17.11.2022

New DB Version

We are glad to announce that we have recently deployed an updated version of the DB featuring names...


10.11.2022

Filipino Names Imported

Alongside English, Filipino is the official language of the Philippines.


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:

 

Developer: see the technical specification of the REST service.

 

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.