What is a given name?

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  1. (chiefly Australia, New Zealand, US and Scotland) A first name, a name chosen for a child, usually by the child's parents; a forename.
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As a matter of fact, Mascitti, a Neapolitan, came to Paris a decade earlier and changed his given name to Michel.
Apparently, you aren't a made man unless you have a monicker to append to your given name.
Sometimes a carefully crafted given name simply gives way to a sticky nickname.
I know two people with the same name, that is, the same given name and the same surname.
Coupled with the use of her given name, Elizabeth was too flustered to think very much about the indelicacy of the situation.
Asian American surnames usually follow the English manner, with the given name first and the surname last.

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