Ethnicity Estimate

Origin of a name

Ethnicity Estimate helps you find thorough information about the origin of a name by establishing a name's country of origin.

Name origin: Country of origin from a name

The name origin feature analyzes a name to identify :

  • the region of origin ;
  • the country of origin ;
  • a list of the top 10 countries of origin ranked by probability level ;
  • the character set used for analysis ;
  • a calibrated probability for each country of origin returned.

Our artificial intelligence is based on the morphology of names to determine their origins. This is why we can identify a first name origin, a last name origin, a full name origin and even the country of origin of a nickname or an invented name.
Finally our functionality supports 22 alphabets and 192 countries of origin.

Note that the name diaspora feature may be better suited for multicultural countries, such as U.S.A, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand and other "melting-pots".

Example of country of origin guessed from a name
Enter a first name or a last name or both for more precision :

First name or given name or nickname.

Last name or family name or surname.

Example of country of origin guessed from a name
A group of people from different origins.

About name origin estimation

What is the origin of a name

A person's origin is the country from which he or his ancestors come. For example, the name Zanele Muholi is of African origin and more precisely of South African origin. The returned countries of origin are based on the country codes defined in ISO 3166-1 alpha-2, part of the ISO 3166 standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), to represent countries and dependent territories.

In addition to the country of origin find from a name, we identify a region of origin, a sub-region of origin and a list of the 10 countries of origin classified according to their rank of probability. Knowing that the origin of a name is not absolute, each found country of origin is completed with a normalized probability.

A group of people from different origins.

How to find the origin of a name

The origin of a name is determined thanks to our artificial intelligence :

  • enriched by one of the most complete databases in the world ;
  • refined during numerous partnerships and research with universities (Harvard, Berkeley, HEC, ... ), scientific groups (The Lancet, Elsevier, ...), governmental and international institution (IOM, ONU, European Commission ...) and linguists, anthropologist and historians;
  • reinforced by more than 7 billion names processed.

Our artificial intelligence not only compares names from international databases but uses the morphology of names to estimate their origins.
It is thanks to this technology that we can guess the origin of a first name, the origin of a last name or surname, the origin of a nickname and the origin of a full name.
Finally we can estimate the country of origin of a name in more than 22 different alphabets*.

About name origin feature

  • Tag: name origin.
  • Determine: Origin from first name (optional), last name (optional).
  • Cost: 10 credits per name.
  • API: name origin documentation.
  • Method used: Comparison of international, national and regional databases and artificial intelligence based on the morphology of names.
  • Returned values: Country from which the person or his ancestors come.

name origin parameters

Values ​​submitted:

First name :
First name or given name or nickname.
Last name :
Last name or family name or surname.

Returned values:

Script :
Character set used for analysis.
Alphabets enumerators
Top region of origin :
Most likely region of origin (alternative classification).
Sub region of origin :
Most likely subregion of origin.
Region of origin :
Most likely region of origin.
Country of origin :
Most likely country of origin, in ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 format.
Country of origin enumerators
Alternative country of origin :
Second most likely country of origin, in ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 format.
Country of origin enumerators
Top countries of origin :
Top 10 most likely countries of origin, in ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 format, sorted from most likely to least likely.
Country of origin enumerators
Calibrated probability :
The calibrated probability for countryOrigin to have been guessed correctly. -1 = still calibrating..
Alternative calibrated probability :
The calibrated probability for countryOrigin OR countryOriginAlt to have been guessed correctly. -1 = still calibrating..
Score :
Higher implies a more reliable result, score is not normalized.