first name


Definition of first name

: the name that stands first in one's full name

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Examples of first name in a Sentence

Children at the school call their teachers by their first names. the parents still haven't picked a first name for the baby

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On Saturday, family friend Vaune Albanese identified the man by his first name, Deon, and said that the child in the apartment was his from a previous relationship. oregonlive, "Young woman killed in Southeast Portland aimed to be 'best mom she could’ to special-needs son," 3 Sep. 2019 Smaller markers assigned to specific grave plots denote who is buried in that spot -- often with only their name (in my family, only first names are used for these markers). Ask Amy,, "Ask Amy: Family at odds over what to put on mother’s gravestone," 24 Aug. 2019 Which goes some way to explaining why Nereo Rocco is unlikely to be the first name uttered during a quick fire round of categories. Ben Carter,, "The 50 Greatest Football Managers of All Time," 20 Aug. 2019 For the top tier jobs, Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, Syracuse’s Dino Babers and Virginia’s Bronco Mendenhall will be the first names on most athletic directors’ wish lists. Los Angeles Times, "College football 2019: Which Power Five coaching jobs might open up?," 18 Aug. 2019 Before the first conversation, the only information available to volunteers is a participant’s first name. Alison Kuznitz,, "‘I validate your pain’: A new suicide prevention program on Cape Cod is rethinking mental health care," 10 Aug. 2019 In the Brooklyn federal probe, Broidy's is the first name listed in the grand jury subpoena, followed by his Los Angeles investment firm and four limited liability companies linked to him. CBS News, "Grand jury investigating top GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy for exploiting access to Trump," 8 July 2019 People might not be opposed to the idea of a female governor, but female candidates are rarely the first names on the list of potential contenders, said Pillich, who leads the National Association of Women Judges. Jackie Borchardt,, "100 years later, Ohio's track record of electing female leaders remains abysmal," 12 June 2019 The moniker holds special significance: Robert was the first name of the athlete’s father, who died in 2011 after battling cancer. Nick Maslow,, "Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black Welcome 'Precious' Baby Boy — and His Name Holds Special Meaning," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of first name

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of first name was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of first name

: the name that comes first in someone's full name

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