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

News

23.02.2021

Europe under the Microscope

Recently, around 10,000 new Turkish family names have been added to our database thanks to the...


27.01.2021

An Expanding International Team

The number one rule of data is that it needs to be accurate; needless to say, we make it our top...


12.01.2021

Numbers Don't Lie

2020 was a prolific year in terms of the expansion of our database. We focused on family names and...


09.03.2020

Exceptional Times, Smart Actions

Our freelancers are working from home to ensure the quality of our Chinese, Finnish and Moldovan...


12.02.2020

New International Collaborators!

January has been a busy month at our office, as we have several new international collaborators.


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.