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first name

n.
A given name or the name that occurs first in a given name.

first name

n
a name given to a person at birth, as opposed to a surname. Also called: Christian name, forename or given name

giv′en name′


n.
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.first 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

first name

noun forename, Christian name, given name, baptismal name Her first name was Mary.
Translations
křestní jméno
fornavn
etunimi
שם פרטי
imekrsno ime
ファーストネーム洗礼名
세례명이름
ime
förnamn
ชื่อแรกชื่อที่ตั้งในพิธีชำระบาป
têntên thánh

first name

nnome m (di battesimo)

first name

اِسْم مَسِيحِيّ, الِاسمُ الَأوَّل křestní jméno fornavn Vorname μικρό όνομα nombre de pila etunimi prénom ime, krsno ime nome, nome di battesimo ファーストネーム, 洗礼名 세례명, 이름 voornaam fornavn imię, imię (nadane na chrzcie) nome, nome de batismo, nome próprio имя, имя, данное при крещении förnamn ชื่อแรก, ชื่อที่ตั้งในพิธีชำระบาป ön ad, ön adı tên, tên thánh 名字, 教名
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Cutter's first name was Wycliffe, and he liked to talk about his pious bringing-up.
The first name was Captain Helding; the second was Lieutenant Crayford.
Luker had mentioned me--for the one simple reason that, in the extremity of his terror, mine was the first name which occurred to him.
Fulbert's first name is not mentioned by any author, which is unfortunate.
You will find it something of a job to get all the Fuddles together, so I advise you to begin on the Lord High Chigglewitz, whose first name is Larry.
No one knew his first name, and in general he was known in the country as Beauty Smith.
Oh, but his family name isn't Fairfax," said Jessie hastily; "that's his FIRST name, his Christian name.
A similar reward paid to any one giving information about a Greek lady whose first name is Sophy.
Later, after dinner, meeting both ladies on the esplanade, he gleaned further information--to wit, that her first name was Mary, that her aunt was glad to make his acquaintance, liked Marvis Bay but preferred Trouville, and thought it was getting a little chilly and would go indoors.
Yes, I played the game on that vineyard, Bunny, even to going my own first name.
There's no doubt what YOU do in a railway carriage, William," she said, making use in her pleasure of his first name.
Dress clothes every evening; knows the ropes; calls every policeman and waiter in town by their first names.

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