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A simple Python module for parsing human names into their individual components.

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A simple Python module for parsing human names into their individual components. The HumanName class splits a name string up into name parts based on placement in the string and matches against known name pieces like titles. It joins name pieces on conjunctions and special prefixes to last names like “del”. Titles can be chained together and include conjunctions to handle titles like “Asst Secretary of State”. It can also try to correct capitalization.

It attempts the best guess that can be made with a simple, rule-based approach. It’s not perfect, but it gets you pretty far.

Usage Example

>>> from nameparser import HumanName
>>> name = HumanName("Dr. Juan Q. Xavier de la Vega III (Doc Vega)")
>>> name
<HumanName : [
    title: 'Dr.'
    first: 'Juan'
    middle: 'Q. Xavier'
    last: 'de la Vega'
    suffix: 'III'
    nickname: 'Doc Vega'
>>> name.last
u'de la Vega'
>>> name.as_dict()
{u'last': u'de la Vega', u'suffix': u'III', u'title': u'Dr.', u'middle': u'Q. Xavier', u'nickname': u'Doc Vega', u'first': u'Juan'}

Unit Tests

Over 100 unit tests with example names. Start a New Issue for names that fail and I will try to fix it.


pip install nameparser

I usually push changes to PyPi pretty quickly. If you want to try out the latest code from GitHub you can install with pip using the command below.

pip install -e git+git://

If you’re looking for a web service, check out eyeseast’s nameparse service, a simple Heroku-friendly Flask wrapper for this module.


NOTE: This documentation covers the new version 0.3. For the v0.2.10 documentation, see the v0.2.10 tag on GitHub.


If you come across name piece that you think should be in the default config, you’re probably right. Start a New Issue and we can get them added.

Or, use GitHub’s nifty web interface to add your new pieces directly to the config files and create a pull request all in one go, no fork needed. As an example, click here to propose changes to the titles config.

Please let me know if there are ways this library could be restructured to make it easier for you to use in your projects. Read for more info on running the tests and contributing to the project.

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