A simple PHP library for parsing complex Malay names into their individual components

v0.1.3 2014-06-26 17:33 UTC


Malay Name Parser: A simple script for parsing complex Malay names into their individual components.

  • Salutation
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Gender

Example Usage

$siapa = Siapa::name("Dato' Dr. Ir Hj. Hariadi Bin Hinta");
echo $siapa->salutation(); // Dato' Dr. Ir Hj.
echo $siapa->first(); // Hariadi
echo $siapa->last(); // Bin Hinta
echo $siapa->gender(); // M


If you're using Composer to manage dependencies, you can include the following in your composer.json file:

"require": {
    "hariadi/siapa": ">=0.1.0"

Then, after running composer update or php composer.phar update, you can load the class using Composer's autoloading:

require 'vendor/autoload.php';

Otherwise, you can simply require the file directly:

require_once 'path/to/Siapa/src/Siapa.php';

OO and Procedural

The library offers both OO method chaining with Hariadi\Siapa. An example of the former is the following:

use Hariadi\Siapa as Siapa;
echo Siapa::name('Hariadi Hinta', 'UTF-8')->first();  // Hariadi


Note: If $encoding is not given, it defaults to mb_internal_encoding().




Returns salutation from full name.

Siapa::name('Datuk Dr. Ir. Hariadi Hinta', 'UTF-8')->salutation(); // Datuk Dr. Ir.




Returns the combine of first and last name without salutation and optional with or witout middle name.

Siapa::name('Dato\' Hariadi Bin Hinta', 'UTF-8')->givenName(false); // Hariadi Bin Hinta




Returns the first name.

Siapa::name('Hariadi Hinta', 'UTF-8')->first(); // Hariadi




Returns the last name.

Siapa::name('Hariadi Hinta', 'UTF-8')->last(); // Hinta


$siapa->gender(boolean $short)

Siapa::gender(boolean $short)

Returns the gender of name. Default param is true for short gender (M for Male and F for Female).

Siapa::name('Hariadi Hinta', 'UTF-8')->gender(false); // Male

Algorithm to detect malay name gender:

  • Default gender is Male
  • Check if Binti, Bte., Bte, Puan, Puan, Pn., Bt., Bt, A/P exist in first name
  • If not found then we check for salutation if Hajah, Hajjah, Hjh., Puan, Pn., Cik exist.
  • If not found then we check for common female malay name in female.txt library


  1. Clone the repository: git clone https://github.com/hariadi/Siapa.git
  2. From the project directory, tests can be ran using phpunit


Released under the MIT License - see LICENSE.txt for details.