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

News

26.01.2023

Irish Names Imported

Irish is a Gaelic language, part of the Celtic language family and it is one of the official...


20.01.2023

Chinese Names Imported

Chinese language, named Standard Chinese or Standard Mandarin is part of the Sino-Tibetan language...


12.01.2023

New Java Client Library 5.4.0

The Java™ client library provides access to the NameAPI Web Services from Java compatible...


06.01.2023

2022 Around the World

2022 has been a busy year at our office, as we had the pleasure of working with collaborators from...


22.12.2022

Vietnamese Names Imported

Vietnamese language is the most widely spoken of all Austroasiatic languages, with over 70 million...


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.