given name


Definition of given name 

: a name that precedes one's surname especially : first name

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Examples of given name in a Sentence

everyone calls me Jack, but my given name is John

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The informant was a distant relative who often gave names to security agents, said Younis’ father, Saad. Hamza Hendawi, Washington Post, "A neighbor’s word can bring death sentence in Iraq IS trials," 9 July 2018 As storms develop this year, like every other year, they will be given names from a list maintained and updated by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, "Forecasters predict a less brutal hurricane season in 2018," 5 Apr. 2018 XXXTentacion’s given name was Jahseh Dwyane Ricardo Onfroy. Brett Clarkson,, "XXXTentacion murder suspect was previously held in gun and drug cases," 29 June 2018 The informant was a distant relative who often gave names to security agents, said Younis' father, Saad. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "A neighbor's word can bring death sentence in Iraq IS trials," 9 July 2018 The show is part of the LSD Tour, using the first letter of each performer's given name. Timothy Finn, kansascity, "Starlight Theatre announces one of summer's best shows | The Kansas City Star," 23 Mar. 2018 By emphasizing O’Rourke’s given name, Cruz highlights that the congressman isn’t Hispanic, even though O’Rourke speaks fluent Spanish and is from the border. Peggy Fikac, San Antonio Express-News, "Ted Cruz not taking Beto O’Rourke’s challenge for granted," 11 Mar. 2018 Mariposa: The appearance of all those butterflies in Kylie’s 11-minute video and mom Kris Jenner’s Posie K ‘gram have us (and the internet) totally convinced Mariposa is Kylie’s baby girl’s given name. Grace Gavilanes,, "12 Baby Names Kylie Jenner Should Definitely Consider for Her Newborn Daughter," 5 Feb. 2018 These characters are given names like Anything4Views, Hampton Brandon, Salmon Andy, Mexican Andy, Asian Andy, and Motorcycle Andy. Adrian Chen, The New Yorker, "Ice Poseidon’s Lucrative, Stressful Life as a Live Streamer," 8 Dec. 2014

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First Known Use of given name

1717, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of given name was in 1717

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Kids Definition of given name

: a first name

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