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

News

12.02.2020

New international collaborators!

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


15.03.2019

New Name Database

We are glad to announce that a new database version has been deployed.


19.09.2018

Dutch Names Imported

Around 15,000 Dutch surnames were imported into the NameAPI database!


30.07.2018

New DB Version

We are happy to announce that a new DB version has been deployed.


30.11.2017

Version 5.3 Deployed

New version 5.3 available.


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.