given name

noun

Definition of 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
Recent Examples on the Web The rapper, whose given name was Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene. Deena Zaru, ABC News, 18 Nov. 2021 Young Dolph, whose given name was Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., collaborated with different rappers, including Megan Thee Stallion. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 Mena — whose given name was Jose Mena Rodriguez — was struck just after 7:30 p.m. Sunday on I-64 between Blankenbaker Parkway and Hurstbourne Lane near mile marker 16, according to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 1 Nov. 2021 Mena — whose given name was Jose Mena Rodriguez — was struck just after 7:30 p.m. Sunday on I-64 in Louisville, according to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office. Krista Johnson, USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2021 The rapper and recording artist, whose given name is William Junior Maxwell II, is expected to be arraigned on Friday on federal drug charges, according to the source. Lisa Respers France And Melanie Schuman, CNN, 29 Oct. 2021 Learned from Wikipedia that Oprah’s given name was Orpah. Skyler Higley, The New Yorker, 5 Oct. 2021 On Monday, Minaj — whose given name is Onika Tanya Maraj — came under fire after announcing she wouldn’t attend the 2021 Met Gala because of its vaccine mandate and, in the same tweet, revealing that she isn’t vaccinated. al, 15 Sep. 2021 The singer, whose given name was Aaliyah Dani Haughton, was killed in a plane crash on Saturday in the Bahamas along with eight other people, including a publicist, a hairstylist and a representative from her label, Virgin Records. Kelley L. Carter, Detroit Free Press, 25 Aug. 2021

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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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24 Nov 2021

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“Given name.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/given%20name. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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given name

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English Language Learners Definition of given name

given name

noun

Kids Definition of given name

: a first name

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