Definition of forename in US English:



  • another term for first name
    • ‘Most correspondents conclude their letters with a forename or initials.’
    • ‘Some recent English language textbooks give Le Chatelier's forename the more usual French spelling, ‘Henri’.’
    • ‘I am particularly fascinated by the non-French spelling of his forename.’
    • ‘Slaves did not have surnames, and lowborn women frequently were not even granted a forename.’
    • ‘An analysis of the forenames of blood relatives is set out out here.’
    • ‘The name is half real, half invention - an old family surname, subsumed to a middle name, it ultimately became a forename.’
    • ‘French Government responses have included laws stipulating which forenames are suitably French, and forbidding Muslim girls from wearing the hijab in school.’
    • ‘Even Americans, with their predilection for absurd forenames, would stop short of dubbing a child De Sade.’
    • ‘With a Deed Poll, you can change your forenames, surname, add names, remove names or rearrange your existing names.’
    • ‘The surname may ring a bell but the forename may not.’
    • ‘Here are the origins of over a 100 forenames or first names which are found in Scotland today.’
    • ‘Therefore, forenames (which are often more specific to language or region than surnames) were needed to identify some South Asian participants.’
    • ‘Now people are enlightened to realise there is only a forename, middle name and a surname not a Christian name.’
    • ‘In Ghana, as in Britain, there are surnames and forenames.’
    • ‘This case concerns a dispute with the child's forename, not his surname.’
    • ‘The name badges will show the forename and family name, but not rank.’
    • ‘Was it merely a coincidence that she had the same forename as CJ's daughter?’
    • ‘If searching for a forename below try the abbreviation first, and if not successful use the full forename.’
    • ‘This basic search will allow wildcards for single or multiple characters; also synonyms and abbreviations so that if you provide a full forename the system will return matching synonyms and abbreviations.’
    • ‘The name Beer was mentioned several times, but the forename Israel was not among them.’