View Full Version : [Dixonary] Names, first & other

Dodi Schultz
June 1st, 2005, 02:12 PM
Tim Bourne writes,

>> My perception, as a native speaker of BrE, is that the most common
>> usage is still "Christian name", but PCspeak is gradually changing
>> it to "forename".

I can understand that. "Christian name" was intermittently used here in the
past, as well, but a *long* time ago; certainly for the past 75-100 years
here, the common term has been "first name". I wouldn't characterize the
change as "PC".

>> I don't think "first name" has ever been widely used - but I may be
>> wrong; I've not done extensive research on this!
>> A quick bit of research, on an order form in a catalogue that
>> arrived today, shows "first name" and "surname".

Hm. Catalogue from a US-based firm?

I subscribe to a UK-based logic puzzle magazine. Such puzzles (as you know
if you're familiar with the genre) not infrequently want you to match up
first and last names--always referred to as forenames and surnames.


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