given name


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

Examples of given name in a Sentence

everyone calls me Jack, but my given name is John
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Word History

First Known Use

1717, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of given name was in 1717

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“Given name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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