Some popular baby names of MALI, West Africa:
In Africa, names generally reflect the complex identities that result from linguistic / ethnic groups, history of migration within the African continent, natural geographic boundaries and other complex historical factors (colonization, independance, …). Onomastics, the science of proper names, is a useful tool for a range of research areas : gender studies, migration studies, sociology.
It can also be a key differentiator in marketing for private companies in specific economic sectors who want to target diasporas : banking (remittances …), telecom (cross-border telecom …), airlines (migration, tourism, visting friends and relatives …)
What’s new with NamSor Origin API v1.2.5?
We’ve deployed new enhancements to recognize a name’s likely West African origin. We currently support some exciting Diaspora engagement projects for economic development in the region, with a special focus on MALI, SENEGAL, BURKINA FASO, TOGO and IVORY COAST.
We’ve added a new country to the 140+ already supported by NamSor Origin : LIBERIA. A country with a fascinating history, the first African republic to proclaim its independence, on July 26, 1847 – Liberia is currently at an electoral crossroad. We estimate NamSor accuracy to be above ~80%.
NamSor Regional is not available as an API, why ?
For a number of countries, we support a finer-grain level of classification of names to both a national and a regional level. For example, this is a visualization of how NamSor classifies regional names in MALI, West Africa:
We started to experiment with regional name classification back in 2014 and now, it’s quite mature. We haven’t yet made this module available as an API, but do support projects in Academia. We can give access to vetted researchers (in Geography / Anthropology / Digital Humanities) willing to participate to joint research projects (H2020, etc.) – get in touch if you are interested.
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NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European vendor of sociolinguistics software (NamSor sorts names). NamSor mission is to help understand international flows of money, ideas and people.
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