Name Gender Guesser

Chinese Name Gender Guesser
As I mentioned here, I’ve often wanted a way to know whether an email from a Chinese stranger (like 张安平) is from a man or woman. There’s a cool new (to me) tool at Chinese-Tools that can help.

Presenting the Chinese Name Gender Guesser!

It immediately guessed that 张安平 was a boy and 李娟 was a girl. So I gave it (one name at a time) an entire class roster of 20 of my English students here at the college.

Result: 19/20 gender guessed correctly!

To protect the innocent, I’m not going to give you the name of the girl it thought was a boy. But still, I thought that was pretty good.

Just remember that whatever the first character is will be treated as the family name. So if you only know the given name of the person you’re trying to identify, just make up a family name for him/her (like ).

I just HAD to know how it worked so I emailed Chinese-Tools. They told me it’s based on this database by Wudi.

Here’s an excerpt from the email I got back from Chinese-Tools:

There’s a database with a lot of Chinese characters, and for each of them a gender level indicator. For example is 100% female, 100% male, but some like can be both, maybe 65% female. Then an average of both characters of the name is calculated.

Very cool. Yet another example of how creative, open-source, free databases are making everyone’s lives better. Thanks Wudi!


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  1. 5 Responses to “Name Gender Guesser”

  2. Nicki CHINA said:

    Thanks for the tip!

    trackback: http://mouseneb.livejournal.com/3425.html

    Comment date: Sep 6, 2009

  3. Erica UNITED STATES said:

    That is AWESOME. Sadly, it says that my name (狄瑞和)is a male name. That’s ok. I still like it.

    Comment date: Dec 21, 2009

  4. David UNITED STATES said:

    They will have to make this name guesser mandatory across China in all departments, universities, etc. — otherwise they will have to keep writing the obligatory or after the person’s name on authors’ bios, professors’ CVs, etc. :)

    Comment date: Dec 24, 2009

  5. NamSor Applied Onomastics FRANCE said:

    Chinese Name Gender Guesser API

    This functionality is now included in Gendre, the name gender prediction API. Thanks for pointing out those great resources !
    http://namesorts.com/2014/03/27/chinese-name-gender-guesser-api/

    Comment date: Mar 27, 2014

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