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
Recent Examples on the Web The parallels between Dave Burd, the character (played by real-life rapper/comedian Lil Dicky whose given name is Dave Burd), and Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) don’t stop at their oversized egos. Emma Pattee, Marie Claire, "Sorry, But Loving Dave Burd and Hating Hannah Horvath Is Highly Problematic," 10 Nov. 2020 Hartman, whose given name is Valarie, responded soothingly. Alexis Okeowo, The New Yorker, "How Saidiya Hartman Retells the History of Black Life," 19 Oct. 2020 But as one of the few Black students in the program, Barreh found herself feeling humiliated her first year when the McDermott Scholars toured the Civil War site and were given name tags of historical figures. Jennifer Zhan, Dallas News, "Why changes to merit-based scholarships have become an issue of racial equity for students at UT Dallas," 17 Sep. 2020 At the center of it all was Nora, whose given name was Leonor. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Your browser is set to private or incognito mode.," 4 Sep. 2020 Jam Master Jay, whose given name is Jason Mizell, died in 2002, after he was fatally shot in a recording studio in Jamaica, Queens. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Two Charged in 2002 Murder of Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay," 17 Aug. 2020 The Houston rapper, whose given name is Frazier Thompson III, presented Vanessa Guillén’s sisters, Mayra and Lupe Guillén, with a $30,000 check to help pay their expenses. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Trae Tha Truth donates $30k to Vanessa Guillén’s family," 12 Aug. 2020 The senator’s given name, Kamala Devi—Goddess Kamala—is a synonym for Lakshmi, the Hindu deity of wealth and fortune.... Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "Kamala, Goddess of Wealth Creation," 12 Aug. 2020 The screen lit up with her name—not her given name, but one of my pet names for her. Emily Bernard, The New Yorker, "The Purpose of a House," 25 June 2020

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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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23 Nov 2020

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“Given name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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Kids Definition of given name

: a first name

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