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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Below that, the performer’s given name, Jahseh D. Onfroy, is also engraved in smaller capital letters. Brett Clarkson,, "XXXTentacion's mausoleum gravesite revealed in Instagram photo by his mother," 1 July 2018 Others are held for days or weeks incommunicado, brutally interrogated to give names and threatened with terrorism charges before being released without explanation as Ortega's government seeks to extinguish the resistance. Christopher Sherman, Fox News, "Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua," 10 Aug. 2018 Bear Brook ultimately leads Moon across the country and into the latest scientific efforts used to give names to the faces of the four victims who were left in the forest all those years ago. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Two bodies were discovered in a barrel deep in a New Hampshire forest," 18 Nov. 2018 Netflix When She-Ra debuted in 1985, the Princess of Power (given name: Princess Adora of Eternia), was meant to sell toys. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power honors and challenges the original She-Ra.," 21 Nov. 2018 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

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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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