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first name

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

first name

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

giv′en name′

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

first name

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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.
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שם פרטי
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têntên thánh

first name

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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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Dress clothes every evening; knows the ropes; calls every policeman and waiter in town by their first names. No; he never travels with the hydrogen derivatives.
Cutter's first name was Wycliffe, and he liked to talk about his pious bringing-up.
Court-officials called her by her first name. When she appeared they pursued a course which had been theirs for months.
Wanhope," though he called her by her first name. The only introduction was of Saxon and Billy Roberts.
Within a week he had lost his first name; Pudd'nhead took its place.
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.
I do not remember his first name. He was generally called Captain Anthony--a title which, I presume, he acquired by sailing a craft on the Chesapeake Bay.
At some prisons, inmates and guards call each other by first names. The government says there are a little more than 2,700 prisoners in Finland, a country of 5.2 million, or 52 for every 100,000 people.
She added: "Other reports are coming in from other areas of Coventry from elderly people and their carers and all those targeted say the men called them by their first names."
Only 202 of the 4,828 names in the 1990 A Dictionary of First Names (Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges, Oxford: Oxford University Press) could be traced to plants, animals, or landscapes.

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