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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No one has mourned enough of them, given name to enough of them. Chris Searles, National Geographic, "Most slave shipwrecks have been overlooked—until now," 23 Aug. 2019 Because of an editing error, an obituary on Sunday about the union leader Hector Figueroa misspelled his wife’s given name. New York Times, "Corrections: July 17, 2019," 17 July 2019 The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences said the woman's given name at birth was Trevian Treshawn Delaney. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Identity released of transgender woman found dead along Katy Freeway in Houston," 15 Aug. 2019 Since Avicii’s death last April, Bergling and the family have set up the Tim Bergling Foundation in his memory, which is named after the popular DJ’s given name. Ashley Boucher,, "Avicii's Father Says He Doesn't Think His Son Planned Suicide: 'It Was Like a Traffic Accident'," 3 July 2019 The team gave names to the pools the frogs called home. Joe Dworetzky, Los Angeles Times, "The threatened frogs of the Santa Monica Mountains always had it hard. The Woolsey fire made things much worse," 25 July 2019 That often involves giving names and personalities to lions, tigers and bears. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Lion King' roars into Disney realm of animals just like us," 18 July 2019 Scientists had yet to give names to either one as of late Saturday afternoon. San Diego Union-Tribune, "This week’s back-to-back quakes unlikely to trigger the ‘Big One’ in Southern California," 7 July 2019 Health [given name unknown] Health was a popular P.U.A. who first came to prominence on Internet comment boards in early 2000, where his writing on wellness earned him a loyal following. Sara Lautman, The New Yorker, "Where Are They Now?: Notable Pickup Artists from the Golden Age of Pickup Artistry," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of given name

1717, in the meaning defined above

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Kids Definition of given name

: a first name

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