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forename

[fawr-neym, fohr-]
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noun
  1. a name that precedes the family name or surname; first name.
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Origin of forename

First recorded in 1525–35; fore- + name
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Historical Examples

  • The name-token should follow close on the forename for the sake of clearness.

    An Outline of English Speech-craft

    William Barnes

  • Being given in the course of especially important religious ceremonies, this forename has a sacred character.


British Dictionary definitions for forename

forename

noun
  1. a first or Christian name
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Word Origin and History for forename

n.

1530s, from fore- + name (n.). The equivalent of Latin praenomen.

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