Advisory – Global Name Release

Melissa has released the first major update to our Global Name Web Service in several years. With this update, we’re introducing a new ‘Country’ input field, new response output properties, and updated options. We believe these changes will bring increased accuracy for users of the service who process international data, and we encourage everyone to review these new items and plan to incorporate them into your application.

Global Name can be used to:

  • Recognize over 6,000,000 last names and 4,000,000 first names across different countries and languages
  • Split dual names (ex. Mr. and Mrs. John and Mary Jones)
  • Assign gender based on known first names and prefixes
  • Output preferred output Salutation name parts

Is this new version backwards compatible?

Yes, the new version is backwards compatible. We have not removed or renamed any existing inputs or outputs. We’ve only added additional inputs and outputs as well as options. In some cases, existing options will be overridden by incorporated logic.

We appreciate the feedback we received during the roll-out schedule, and on June 30th, 2021, we will disable the BETA URL. Also, based on customer feedback, the transition from http protocol to https will be accelerated and http usage will be deprecated.

For more info see https://wiki.melissadata.com/index.php?title=Global_Name

If you need assistance, please contact our technical support team at tech@melissa.com or 1-800-MELISSA (635-4772). 

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