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given name (plural given names)

  1. A personal name chosen for a child, usually by their parents.
    • 2004, Gwyneth Olofsson, When in Rome or Rio or Riyadh...: Cultural Q&As for Successful Business Behavior Around the World[1], page 17:
      Japan: Use family names first, followed by given names, but be aware that some may introduce themselves to Westerners with their given name first.
    • 2008, Emma Woo Louie, Him Mark Lai, Chinese American Names: Tradition and Transition, 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, 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. (uncommon, humorous) A name bestowed by oneself or another, as opposed to the name given by one's parents.
    • 2017, Greta Gerwig (scriptwriter), Lady Bird:
      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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Although first name is more common in general use, given name or personal name are preferred by some for the lack of religious and cultural assumptions involved.

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