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I'm looking for an API that provides common aliases for famous people.

For instance, "Hillary Clinton" would be associated with common appellations like "Hillary Rodham Clinton".

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    That's a bit broad. When talking about an API, you should at least name the programming language it should understand (and maybe some more details on your exact requirements). Alternatively: Speaking about a "resource", you could also check with our OpenData sister-site whether there might be a downloadable data-set you could work on locally (make sure to check with their /help/on-topic page first, as I'm not sure about their terms). – Izzy Jul 8 '15 at 7:09
  • I edit the question as databases are off-topic here. – Nicolas Raoul Feb 14 at 3:23
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Wikidata provides such an API.

See for instance the Wikidata item for Hillary Clinton: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q6294

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The last column is what interests you.

You can get the information by calling a REST URL (with any programming language) and you get the result as JSON or TSV or other formats.

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