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 Matcher

The person matcher compares the data sets of two people and computes scores of similarity and differences on multiple levels, including names.

 
   
 
  Examples by culture:
Examples:

 

Developer: see the technical specification of the REST service.

 

The matcher compares the data items that are handed over, including the name, gender, age.

There are various reasons why two name pairs are not precise matches, yet stand for the same person:

  • one name is incomplete (only one of two surnames written)
  • a given name is abbreviated or missing
  • a nickname is used instead of the official given name
  • a title or qualifier is added
  • another alphabet is used such as Cyrillic, or non-English extra characters are missing
  • one contains a spelling mistake (various reasons, see Name Validator)

The name matcher computes a myriad of numbers to come to a result of telling whether two name pairs likely or possibly belong to the same person:

  • name variants
  • nick names
  • variant transcriptions
  • chance of mistyping
  • phonetic distance
  • simple string difference (Levenshtein, Damerau algorithm) 

Applications

  • Tracing duplicates
  • Prevent duplicates
  • Filter and sort a search list by relevance