I’ve used multiple websites to generate random names for my test data when running manual or automated QA tests.
I didn’t want to write my own DuckDuckGo plugin yet so I made a Python-powered command line tool instead using 1990 Census data.
It’s really simple
It’s basically just one file currently that’s about 40 lines long. There is only one feature available from the command line currently: generate a single random full name. There’s a few more features if importing as a Python package: generate random last name or generate random first name (with or without specifying gender), generate random full name (also without or without gender).
The random name picker relies on the cumulative frequencies listed in the included Census data files. Here’s the steps that are taken: 1. A random floating point number is chosen between 0.0 and 90.0 2. Name file lines are iterated through until a cumulative frequency is found that is less than the randomly generated number 3. The name on that line is chosen and returned (or printed out)
Here’s how you use it from the command line:
$ names Kara Lopes
Here’s how you use it as a Python package:
>>> import names >>> names.get_full_name() u'Patricia Halford' >>> names.get_full_name(gender='male') u'Patrick Keating' >>> names.get_first_name() 'Bernard' >>> names.get_first_name(gender='female') 'Christina' >>> names.get_last_name() 'Szczepanek'