from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A name given to a person at birth or at baptism, as distinguished from a surname.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A forename, a name chosen for a child, usually by the child's parents; a first name.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • the Christian name, or name given by one's parents or guardians, as distinguished from the surname, which is inherited.
  • n. See under Given.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the name that precedes the surname


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  • My father proudly named her in her immigration papers: Betty St. Clair, crossing out her given name of Gu Ying-ying.

    The Joy Luck Club

  • Yet he has a keen appreciation of fun, has ready wit, and, according to his own showing, is not averse to a shindy, so that, perhaps his given name is at least characteristic of his assumed race.

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  • Actually the F-105's given name was the "Thunderchief."

    Thud Ridge

  • She also showed him dainty missives, superscribed, "My dear Loraine," and ended "Most affectionately yours," and signed by the given name of a real live queen on a throne.

    Jack London Play:The Scorn of Women

  • The 1999 New York Times Manual of Style and Usage reports, “Church authorities no longer place Cardinal between given name and surname.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • Everyone in the family calls me E—short for Emanuel, a name stripped from me by my sixth-grade English teacher, who told me my given name was too long.


  • And yet the walls of Obidos were nothing like that old castle at Haddington Hall, and Captain Blake was nothing like Robert, except that they shared a given name and except that they had the same hair and eye coloring.

    Beyond the Sunrise

  • The man "Uz" (v. 28) may have given name to the land of Uz from which

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • Page 45 is not a man here by the name of Twattle; and whether he goes by the name of John, Jacob, Joseph, James, Jeremiah, or any other given name beginning with a 'J;' and requesting a particular description of him.

    Master William Mitten: or, A Youth of Brilliant Talents, Who Was Ruined by Bad Luck

  • He started calling me “Sañuul,” which sounds similar to my given name and is Nalori for “curse-lifter.”

    Miracle Workers


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