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given name

the name given to one, as distinguished from an inherited family name; first name; Christian name:
His given name is John.
Origin of given name
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Once, at a party in the mid-1980s, I asked Gracie Mansion, the Manhattan gallerist, if she would mind divulging her given name.

    Man Ray Revealed Philip Gefter November 11, 2009
Historical Examples
  • The given name of Emerson was Dearborn, and not "Danborn," which is a misprint.

  • The given name, Scar, once a nickname, had been in general use for centuries.

    The Martian Cabal Roman Frederick Starzl
  • We aren't mayor and secretary now—or I'd command you to call me by my given name.

    A Woman for Mayor Helen M. Winslow
  • His given name is Jonas, but I hated to call him Jonas, an' on a bridal trip, too.

    Rudder Grange Frank R. Stockton
  • My given name is Joseph Tinker—although they all call me Gyp.

    Tinker's Dam Joseph Tinker
  • All called the new man by his given name, a sure sign of their affection.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
  • She noticed that Hugh called her by her given name altogether now.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
  • His given name is James, and he prize-fights fair to middling.

  • It was the first time she had used his given name to a third person.

    Desert Conquest

    A. M. Chisholm
British Dictionary definitions for given name

given name

another term for first name
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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