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Given name etymology

The etymology of given names.

Note: Given names are also called first names or Christian names, although the latter originally referred to a name given at baptism.

In English, given names are all parts of a person's name except the last part (the family name). Note also that some people's given names are originally family names: in particular, children are sometimes given the family names of recent ancestors.


See also: first names in the dictionary