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A name before one's surname; a first name.


a first or Christian name


(ˈfɔrˌneɪm, ˈfoʊr-)


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.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
křestní jméno


[ˈfɔːneɪm] Nnombre m, nombre m de pila


[ˈfɔːrneɪm] nprénom m


nVorname m


[ˈfɔːˌneɪm] nnome m di battesimo
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