forename

noun
fore·​name | \ ˈfȯr-ˌnām How to pronounce forename (audio) \

Definition of forename

: a name that precedes one's surname

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Examples of forename in a Sentence

a long string of forenames was given to the latest addition to the royal family
Recent Examples on the Web Alan, whose forename appeared in initial reports with its Turkish spelling, Aylan, died with his brother, Galip, 5; their mother, Rihan; and two other refugees when a dinghy carrying 14 migrants toward the Greek island of Kos capsized. BostonGlobe.com, "3 men sentenced to 125 years in the drowning of Syrian refugee boy," 13 Mar. 2020 Alan, whose forename appeared in initial reports with its Turkish spelling, Aylan, died with his brother, Galip, 5; their mother, Rihan; and two other refugees when a dinghy carrying 14 migrants toward the Greek island of Kos capsized. New York Times, "3 Men Sentenced to 125 Years Each in Drowning of Syrian Refugee Boy," 13 Mar. 2020 Removing professional athletes and a couple of Hollywood personalities who once called Cleveland home, the contemporary list of recognizable forenames is essentially narrowed to a single person: Tamir. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "Cleveland is still holding a smoking gun: Phillip Morris," 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of forename

1533, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forename was in 1533

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“Forename.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forename. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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