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

  • n. Slang A personal name or nickname.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A personal name or nickname.
  • n. A signature

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

  • n. a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name)

Etymologies

Probably from Shelta munik, name, possibly alteration of Irish Gaelic ainm, from Old Irish; see nŏ̄-men- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested 1849, of Unknown origin. Amongst suggestion are back-slang for eke-name, the Shelta word munik, or monk. Partridge (A Dictionary of Historical Slang) suggests it is a corruption of Monogram which fits well with the use in the sense of signature. (Wiktionary)

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