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



Version 5.3 Deployed

New version 5.3 available.


Version 5.3 release candidate is online

More names, more cultures and a new web service: Risk Detector.


Version 5.2 Deployed

As announced, the new version has been installed.


Version 5.2 release candidate is online

More names, more cultures.


Version 5.1 Deployed

As announced, the new version has been installed.

Service Availability

A high service uptime is one of our main goals. We aim to achieve the five nines: 99.999% availability - that is max. 5.26 minutes of downtime per year.

Every part of the service has been designed from the ground up to avoid single point of failures.

  • Multiple server locations.
    When one fails, your client program can failover to another one.
  • Multiple installations at the same server location for load balancing and automatic failover.
    This allows us to update a system with a new version, or perform other software or hardware maintenance, while remaining operational.
  • State of the art host centers.
    The host centers we choose for our dedicated servers provide redundant power plus UPS and diesel, redundant network providers, access control, fire suppression, air conditioning.
  • Multiple domain names with separate DNS servers. Domains registered at separate registrars with long expiration dates.
  • Our software updates go through a thorough testing cycle before being deployed.

What you can do to improve the uptime for your system: 

Auto-retry to alternate host center (url). 

  • Auto-retry feature built into the Java soap client to connect to an alternative host center.
  • Roll your own

 Almost all requests are served within a fraction of a second.