Christian name

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Christian name

1. A name given at baptism. Also called baptismal name.
2. A name that precedes a person's family name, especially the first name.
Usage Note: Because it presupposes that an entire society is Christian, the term Christian name when used generically can be taken as offensive in diverse societies. Writers seeking a way to avoid this problem can use first name or forename instead.
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Christian name


baptismal name

a personal name formally given to Christians at christening
Usage: Christian name was often loosely used to mean any person's first name as distinct from his or her surname. Nowadays, especially in official documents, alternatives which do not refer to a particular faith, and are therefore more inclusive, are often used: first name, forename, and given name
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Chris′tian name`

1. the name given to one at baptism, as distinguished from the family name.
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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'.

Collins COBUILD English Usage © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 2004, 2011, 2012
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Christian name - the first name given to Christians at birth or christeningChristian name - the first name given to Christians at birth or christening
first name, forename, given name - the name that precedes the surname
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اِسْم مَسِيحِيّالأسم الأول
křestní jméno
krsno ime
skírnarnafn, fornafn
krstno ime
tên thánh

Christian name

nnome m (di battesimo)
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈkristʃən) noun
a follower of or a believer in Christ.
He had a Christian upbringing.
ˌChristiˈanity (-ˈӕnəti) noun
the religion of Christ.
christian name (American given name)
the personal name given in addition to the surname. Peter is his Christian name.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

Christian name

اِسْم مَسِيحِيّ křestní jméno fornavn Vorname μικρό όνομα nombre de pila etunimi prénom krsno ime nome di battesimo 洗礼名 세례명 voornaam fornavn imię (nadane na chrzcie) nome de batismo имя, данное при крещении förnamn ชื่อที่ตั้งในพิธีชำระบาป ön adı tên thánh 教名
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If you will oblige me by slipping into Miss Bygrave (Christian name, Susan); and if you will afterward push Mrs.
Already, you see, I was calling her by her Christian name! And the more I thought of her, the stronger grew the conviction-- which has no doubt already forced itself upon the romantic reader--that we were born for each other.
When this interchange of Christian name was effected, Madame Defarge, picking her teeth with her toothpick, coughed another grain of cough, and raised her eyebrows by the breadth of another line.
Her Christian name: I always forget her Christian name."
They called each other by their Christian name, were always arm in arm when they walked, pinned up each other's train for the dance, and were not to be divided in the set; and if a rainy morning deprived them of other enjoyments, they were still resolute in meeting in defiance of wet and dirt, and shut themselves up, to read novels together.
Elton himself arrived to triumph in his happy prospects, and circulate the fame of her merits, there was very little more for him to do, than to tell her Christian name, and say whose music she principally played.
This was all overheard by Miss Dashwood; and in the whole of the sentence, in his manner of pronouncing it, and in his addressing her sister by her christian name alone, she instantly saw an intimacy so decided, a meaning so direct, as marked a perfect agreement between them.
(John was an old servant, and had known his master when he was the cadet of the house, therefore, he often gave him his Christian name)--"I knew what Mr.
My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.
It was not long before the old man accepted him to full relationship by calling him by his Christian name. After a long talk on affairs of interest, they retired to the cabin, which the elder was to share.
Here, of course, he did not find her; and what added to his depression was the discovery that no "Mrs Clare" had ever been heard of by the cottagers or by the farmer himself, though Tess was remembered well enough by her Christian name. His name she had obviously never used during their separation, and her dignified sense of their total severance was shown not much less by this abstention than by the hardships she had chosen to undergo (of which he now learnt for the first time) rather than apply to his father for more funds.
I love her already, by her Christian name; she is my friend Doris.

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