A Parser for Human Names

Human names are complicated and nonstandard things. Humaniformat, which is based on Anthony Ettinger's 'humanparser' project ( https://github.com/ chovy/humanparser) provides functions for parsing human names, making a best- guess attempt to distinguish sub-components such as prefixes, suffixes, middle names and salutations.

Author: Oliver Keyes
License: MIT
Status: Stable

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humaniformat (humaniform + format) is a human names parser for R. With it, you can parse names, distinguishing salutations, suffixes, and first, middle and last names. humaniformat recognises compound last names (and preserves them) from a wide range of cultures, although the name format itself is somewhat Western-centric (it assumes, for example, that first name comes before last name, which is not always the standard).

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Version 0.6.0


  • Full NA support included

Version 0.5.0


  • Lubridate-style component retrieval and setting


  • Internal documentation added to the compiled code.

Version 0.2.0


  • parse_names can now handle names with multiple suffixes accurately
  • Formatters for reversed and period-formatted names now added.


  • Fixed a segfault reported by Pavel Kirjanas, with the assistance of Bob Rudis

Version 0.1.0

  • Initial (prototype) release

Reference manual

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0.6.0 by Oliver Keyes, 3 years ago


Report a bug at https://github.com/ironholds/humaniformat/issues

Browse source code at https://github.com/cran/humaniformat

Authors: Oliver Keyes [aut, cre]

Documentation:   PDF Manual  

MIT + file LICENSE license

Imports Rcpp, methods

Suggests testthat, knitr

Linking to Rcpp

Imported by bib2df.

See at CRAN