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First/given, middle, and last/family/surname diagram with J.S. Bach as example. J. S. Bach shared his given name with six immediate family members and many extended family members. He shared his family name with most family members.

A given name (also known as a personal name, first name, forename, or Christian name) is a part of a person's full nomenclature. It identifies a specific person, and differentiates that person from other members of a group, such as a family or clan, with whom that person shares a common surname. The term given name refers to the fact that the name is bestowed upon, or given to a child, usually by its parents, at or near the time of birth. This contrasts with a surname (also known as a family name, last name, or gentile name), which is normally inherited, and shared with other members of the child's immediate family.<ref>"A name given to a person at birth or at baptism, as distinguished from a surname" – according to the American Heritage Dictionary</ref>

Given names are often used in a familiar and friendly manner in informal situations. In more formal situations the surname is more commonly used, unless it is necessary to distinguish between people with the same surname. The idioms "on a first-name basis" and "being on first-name terms" allude to the familiarity of addressing another by a given name.


Given name sections
Intro  Relationship to other names  Legal status  Origins and meanings  Gender  Popularity distribution of given names  [[Given_name?section={{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}}_Name_at_birth_|{{safesubst:#invoke:anchor|main}} Name at birth ]]  See also  Notes  References  External links  

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