given name

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given name

A name given to a person at birth or at baptism, as distinguished from a surname.

given name

another term for first name

giv′en name′

the name given to one, as distinguished from an inherited family name; first name.
[1820–30, Amer.]

first name

Christian nameforenamegiven name
1. 'first name'

Your first name is the name that was given to you when you were born. Your first name comes in front of your surname.

At some point in the conversation Brian began calling Philip by his first name.
2. 'Christian name'

In British English, people sometimes use Christian name instead of first name. This use is rather old-fashioned.

Do all your students call you by your Christian name?

In American English, Christian name is not used.

3. 'forename'

On official forms, you are usually asked to write your surname and your first name or forename. Forename is only used in writing.

4. 'given name'

In American English, given name is sometimes used instead of 'first name' or 'forename'.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.given name - the name that precedes the surname
name - a language unit by which a person or thing is known; "his name really is George Washington"; "those are two names for the same thing"
baptismal name, Christian name - the first name given to Christians at birth or christening
praenomen - the first name of a citizen of ancient Rome
الإسْم الأوَّل
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given name

n (esp Am) → nome m di battesimo


(giv) past tense gave (geiv) : past participle ˈgiven verb
1. to cause to have. My aunt gave me a book for Christmas; Can you give me an opinion on this?
2. to produce (something). Cows give milk but horses do not; He gave a talk on his travels.
3. to yield, bend, break etc. This lock looks solid, but it will give under pressure.
4. to organize (some event etc). We're giving a party next week.
the ability to yield or bend under pressure. This chair has a lot of give in it.
ˈgiven adjective
1. stated. to do a job at a given time.
2. (with to) in the habit of (doing) something. He's given to making stupid remarks.
3. taking (something) as a fact. Given that x equals three, x plus two equals five.
given name
(American) a personal or christian name.
give and take
willingness to allow someone something in return for being allowed something oneself.
give away
1. to give etc (something) to someone (eg because one no longer wants it). I'm going to give all my money away.
2. to cause or allow (information etc) to become known usually accidentally. He gave away our hiding-place (noun ˈgive-away: the lingering smell was a give-away).
give back
to return something. She gave me back the book that she borrowed last week.
give in
1. to stop fighting and admit defeat; to yield. The soldiers were outnumbered and gave in to the enemy.
2. to hand or bring (something) to someone (often a person in authority). Do we have to give in our books at the end of the lesson?
give off
to produce. That fire is giving off a lot of smoke.
give or take
allowing for the addition or subtraction of. I weigh sixty-five kilos, give or take a little (= approximately sixty-five kilos).
give out
1. to give, usually to several people. The headmaster's wife gave out the school prizes.
2. to come to an end. My patience gave out.
3. to produce. The fire gave out a lot of heat.
give rise to
to cause. This gives rise to a large number of problems.
give up
1. to stop, abandon. I must give up smoking; They gave up the search.
2. to stop using etc. You'll have to give up cigarettes; I won't give up all my hobbies for you.
3. to hand over (eg oneself or something that one has) to someone else.
4. to devote (time etc) to doing something. He gave up all his time to gardening.
5. (often with as or for) to consider (a person, thing etc) to be. You took so long to arrive that we had almost given you up (for lost).
give way
1. to stop in order to allow eg traffic to pass. Give way to traffic coming from the right.
2. to break, collapse etc under pressure. The bridge will give way any day now.
3. to agree against one's will. I have no intention of giving way to demands like that.
References in classic literature ?
This use of our given names had come about quite as a matter of course, and was as unpremeditated as it was natural.
For the sake of convenience I have myself given names to the various Folk I was more closely in contact with, and the "Chatterer" is the most fitting description I can find for that precious stepfather of mine.
Bert and Mary addressed each other by their given names, but to Saxon Bert was "Mr.
Well, if they like it, Tom, all right; but I don't want to be a king and have only just a given name, like a nigger.
Months before Akut had given the boy a name of his own choosing, since he could not master the man given name of Jack.
The girl flushed at the sudden and unexpected use of her given name, and was surprised that she was not offended.
I have a hundred and fifty dollars at use, besides a bed and twenty sheep, to good; and I don’t crave to live in a house where a body mustn’t call a young woman by her given name to her face.
China has given names to a lot of things: siopao, siomai, ampao, pechay, hototay.
The historical importance of a person's family tree is reflected in today's top 10 Welsh surnames, all of which are based on fathers' given names.
The State Bank was given names and National ID numbers of the people included in Schedule 4, the sources added.
References DAGN Dictionary of Ashkenazic Given Names, Alexander Beider, 2001 DOST Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue, 1937-2002 DUB Dictionary of Universal Biography, Albert Hyamson, 1951 EB Encyclopaedia Britannica EDD English Dialect Dictionary, Joseph Wright, 1905 Facebk Facebook, online social networking site [Net] GeoNames National Imagerv and Mapping Agency placename database [geonames.
The Northern Indian Ocean region's tropical cyclones are being given names since October 2004.