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.


Risk Detector

Detects various types of possibly fake data in person records.





 
 

  Examples by culture:
Examples:

 

Developer: see the technical specification of the REST service.

 

Input/Output

Possible input values are the person's name, telephone numbers and email addresses, and physical addresses. The API is flexible in how the data is fed, for example the name can come in as a single string "full name" or separated into specific name fields.

The output contains an overall risk score in the range -1 to +1, plus detailed information about every detected risk.

A score > 0 means there's a risk. Zero is the neutral value; nothing bad detected yet there's nothing good either. A negative value means that the record does look genuine.

 

Performed checks

Fake risks

Completely invalid data is entered to pass mandatory input field requirements.

Random typing detection

Example: "asdf asdf".

Placeholders entities

Examples: "John Doe", "Anytown"

Famous and fictional entities

Examples: "James Bond", "Barak Obama"

Humorous, invalid, vulgar input

Examples: "Sandy Beach", "Timbuckthree", "None of your business", "firstname lastname"

 

Disguise risks

Such mangled input is used to circumvent machine processing. Humans can still understand these modified values, but machines can't unless they detect the patterns and clean the input.

Padding

Padding is adding content to the left/right of a value.

Example: XXXJohnXXX

Stutter typing

Example: Petttttttttterson

Spaced typing:

Example: P e t e r M i l l e r

 

Demarcation

This is not a spell checker service, nor an address verification service. The service does not return cleaned data.