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given name

noun
1.
the name given to one, as distinguished from an inherited family name; first name; Christian name:
His given name is John.
Origin of given name
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism
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Contemporary Examples
  • Once, at a party in the mid-1980s, I asked Gracie Mansion, the Manhattan gallerist, if she would mind divulging her given name.

    Man Ray Revealed Philip Gefter November 11, 2009
Historical Examples
  • His given name commemorates the meeting-place of his parents, a small lake in Staffordshire.

    The Short-story William Patterson Atkinson
  • My given name is Joseph Tinker—although they all call me Gyp.

    Tinker's Dam Joseph Tinker
  • I said, "Am (that was pard's given name, for short), I do not believe that dog wants to go with you any more than you want him."

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • She noticed that Hugh called her by her given name altogether now.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
  • What Miss Havstad's given name was, no one in the office ever knew.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • His given name is James, and he prize-fights fair to middling.

  • His wife's given name was Sarah, but her maiden name still remains unknown.

  • It was the first time she had used his given name to a third person.

    Desert Conquest A. M. Chisholm
  • All called the new man by his given name, a sure sign of their affection.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
British Dictionary definitions for given name

given name

noun
1.
another term for first name
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