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Name Parsing

Parse Names, Determine Gender, and Detect Vulgar Words

Create personalized messages and identify the gender makeup of your database with Name Parsing solutions that will parse full names and multiple names into five components: Prefix; First; Middle or Initial; Last; and Suffix. These Name Parsing solutions recognize more than 190,000 first and last names so you can correct a misspelled name like “Jonh” to “John” or apply a gender code to each record in your database. The solution is available as a programming API, hosted solution or via batch processing. Request a free trial today.

Sample Name Input Sample Name Output
Mr John Wayne Brown Jr First Name: John
Middle Name: Wayne
Last Name: Brown
Prefix: Mr
Suffix: Jr
Gender: M (Male)

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Name Object®
Parse and genderize names using a multiplatform programming API.
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Parse,genderize and add names using our hosted cloud solution.
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Listware® for Excel + +
A free add-in that cleans and enriches your customers' address data in Excel. Simply open your spreadsheet, click the Listware tab, select the records to process, and start cleaning your list.
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Batch Processing Service
Submit your files in any format. We process the data and return the results to you.
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Data Quality Components for SQL Server
Custom data cleansing transformation components for Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). >>Activate free trial | Learn More

Contact Zone
Data quality hub application to integrate and cleanse customer data without manual coding.
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Full, Dual, Inverse and Mixed First Name Parsing
Name Object takes full names, such as “John James Smith” and breaks them into five components. In addition to Full Name parsing, Name Object can also parse:
  • Dual Names: Mr. and Mrs. John and Mary Smith Jr.
  • Inverse Names: Smith Jr., Mr. John James
  • Mixed First and Mixed Last: Mr. John L. and Smith, Jr. (when a field is not consistently populated with one format)
Apply a Gender Code to Each Name
Name Object will indicate the gender of the person in your database or mailing list based on first name. For instance:
  • “James” returns an “M” for male
  • “Cheryl” returns an “F” for female
  • “Chris” and "Tracy” – which can be either male or female – returns an “N” for neutral
However, you can assign a gender to otherwise neutral names by changing the “gender bias” and “assignment aggression” properties or by overriding the Name Object name database.

Catch Vulgar Words that Lead to Waste and Fraud
Name Object will also flag names containing possible vulgar words, nuisance names, and associated company words to help you screen out possible hoaxes and pranks.

Add Casing for Company Names
Name Object recognizes Company Names (using a special table to understand what are words and what are acronyms in company names) and returns them in Upper or Lower case.

Create Custom Salutations
Once you’ve parsed your names, identified gender, and removed non-name or bogus records, Name Object can create the desired custom salutations based on the salutation format you want to use, for instance: Formal; Informal; default Slug; etc.

Name Object®
  • Multiplatform programming API
  • Library available for: Windows 2003/2008/7/Vista; Red Hat; Solaris; SPARC platform; AIX; Power; rs/6000;   PPC; HPUX; PA-RISC; and Itanium.

Name Verifier
  • Cloud-based
  • Supports multiple protocols, including: JSON, SOAP, XML, and REST.

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The leading international provider of data quality and address verification software. Melissa Data's affordable, easy-to-use solutions for data cleaning and deduplication can be used separately or together to provide full global data quality. Melissa Data specializes in Microsoft .NET and SQL Server Integration Services, IBM, Java and Oracle environments with APIs, Web services and enterprise plugins that empower batch and real-time applications. Melissa Data's flagship Contact Zone enables data stewards to quickly create complex data quality and data integration routines with visual programming. Melissa Data also provides a full line of direct marketing solutions including mailing software, list hygiene and data append services, and a comprehensive line of mailing lists and sales leads.