given name

given name (plural given names)

  1. (chiefly, Australia, Canada, NZ, US and UK) A first name, a name chosen for a child, usually by the child's parents; a forename.
    • 2008, Emma Woo Louie, Him Mark Lai, Chinese American Names: Tradition and Transition, [|%22given+names%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zaRdT9jYH8v3mAX2q9GlDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22given%20name|%22given%20names%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 89],
      This may explain why some Chinese Americans write their Chinese name backwards. For example, the Chinese characters to Ching Tien Chay′s name show that his given name is really Tien Ching.
    • 2011, Anne Myers, Christine H. Hansen, Experimental Psychology, [|%22given+names%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zaRdT9jYH8v3mAX2q9GlDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22given%20name|%22given%20names%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 296],
      In one experiment, the researchers had people rate the characteristics of people with various given names or nicknames. […] A person with a nickname like Liz, for example, would probably be rated as friendlier and more popular than a person with the given name Elizabeth, but Elizabeth would probably be rated more intelligent and trustworthy.
  2. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see given, name A person's name.
    • 2017, Greta Gerwig (scriptwriter), Lady Bird (film):
      Professor: Lady Bird, is that your given name?
      Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson: Yeah.
      Professor: Why is it in quotes?
      Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson: I gave it to myself, it’s given to me by me.
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