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A name before one's surname; a first name.
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a first or Christian name
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(ˈfɔrˌneɪm, ˈfoʊr-)

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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'.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forename - 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
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[ˈfɔːneɪm] Nnombre m, nombre m de pila
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[ˈfɔːrneɪm] nprénom m
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nVorname m
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[ˈfɔːˌneɪm] nnome m di battesimo
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And, in June last year, a judge issued an injunction against the mother, forbidding her from registering the unorthodox forenames.
According to article 85 of the new Civil Code, "Romanian citizens may obtain, under the law, the administrative change of surname and forenames or only one of them".
Dad was known under both forenames and may have come from Dublin, Ireland.
The survey, released today, used online birth records to compare the popularity of forenames over the last 100 years.
(2) Where both forenames and surnames are given for members of the party, I have attempted to locate them in the 1901 census, resulting in five good matches and revealing that the sword dance team was made up of manual workers from a cluster of settlements situated just to the east of Bedale.
Neither can the heir to the throne get one of those forenames that is a shortening of another name (Jack, Fred, Tom).
There will be plenty of entertainment for all the family on and off the course, and we look forward to welcoming anyone with the forenames William, Catherine or Kate for free."