baptismal name


: a name given at christening or confirmation

Examples of baptismal name in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Until last year, John Henry Newman, as he is known by his baptismal name, was studying to become a priest at a Roman Catholic seminary in Yangon. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 She was given the name Sister Seraphia and later returned to her baptismal name, Carol Estelle. Jacques Kelly,, 22 May 2021 These homages to Athelstan continued even through the series finale, in which the monk’s son, Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), gave the Viking’s son, Hvitserk (Marco Ilsø), the baptismal name of Athelstan in one of the show’s stirring final scenes. Sadie Gennis, Vulture, 11 Jan. 2021 He was later baptized and took the same baptismal name as Hakamada’s, Paulo, and added Miki, the name of a Japanese martyr. Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2019 At age 12, Toni, known then as Chloe Wofford, converted to Catholicism and selected Anthony as her baptismal name. Ekemini Uwan, The Denver Post, 7 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of baptismal name was in 1711

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“Baptismal name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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