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Christian name

  1. Also called baptismal name. the name given one at baptism, as distinguished from the family name.
  2. a person's first or given name.
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Origin of Christian name

First recorded in 1540–50
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Examples from the Web for christian name

Historical Examples

  • They had been on Christian-name terms since they were children.

    Royal Highness

    Thomas Mann

  • They were on Christian-name terms, or had been a few years ago.

  • What are you waiting for, Mr. Robber, Thief, or whatever your Christian-name may be?

  • My husband wanted to give me a pleasant surprise, for the name of this estate is identical with my Christian-name.

    Dame Care

    Hermann Sudermann

  • I was a foundling child, picked up somewhere or another, and I always understood my christian-name to be Gill.

British Dictionary definitions for christian name

Christian name

  1. a personal name formally given to Christians at christening
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This word 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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