Definition of Christian name in English:

Christian name

Syllabification: Chris·tian name


A name given to an individual that distinguishes him or her from other members of the same family and is used as an address of familiarity; a forename, especially one given at baptism.
More example sentences
  • The chumminess of members referring to each other by their Christian names in debate is meant to signify democratic informality.
  • I always called him ‘boss’, never by his Christian name.
  • May I also draw attention to the unacceptable use of initials, instead of full Christian names.


In recognition of the fact that English-speaking societies have many religions and cultures, not just Christian ones, the term Christian name has largely given way, at least in official contexts, to alternative terms such as given name, first name, or forename.

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