first name vs given name :

first name or given name

Now that few people know what a “surname” is, we usually use the term“last name” to designate a family name; but in a host of languages thefamily name comes first. For instance, “Kawabata” was the family name of author Kawabata Yasunari. ForAsians, this situation is complicated because publishers and immigrantsoften switch names to conform to Western practice, so you'll find mostof Kawabata’s books in an American bookstore by looking under “YasunariKawabata.” It’s safer with international names to write “given name” and“family name” rather than “first name” and “last name.”Note that in a multicultural society the old-fashioned term “Christian name” (for “given name”) is both inaccurate and offensive.

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  • AG candidates air differences
    VIRGINIA BEACH — At their first debate Saturday, Sens. Mark R. Herring and Mark D. Obenshain, the two candidates for attorney general, showed that they have little in common but their first name, givi
    June 16, 2013 - Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • AG candidates draw clear distinctions in first debate
    Republican Mark D. Obenshain and Democrat Mark R. Herring have shown that they have little in common but their first name.
    June 15, 2013 - Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • 2013 U.S. Open predictions: Who are the experts picking at Merion?
    When Tiger Woods is playing well, he's typically the first name people mention when predicting a winner. Woods is once again the No. 1 player in the world and the betting favorite to win the 2013 U.S. Open, but he's not a runaway favorite, according to the experts. More : SB Nation's complete coverage of the U.S. Open There was a time when it was not only rare to find an expert not picking Woods ...
    June 13, 2013 - SB Nation

  • Jay Z Dropped Hyphen From His Name, 3 Years Ago
    Just like any person with their given name, artists are very particular when it comes to the spelling of their stage names. Case in point, Shawn "Jay Z" Carter —actually, his record label—has let it be known that his name no longer has a hyphen, like everyone is used to.
    July 18, 2013 - Hip-Hop Wired
  • John Wesley Harding Returns As Wesley Stace For New Album
    You may know him as John Wesley Harding, but his real name is Wesley Stace and Wesley has decided to return to his given name for the release of his latest album, 'Self-Titled,' September 17th
    June 21, 2013 - antiMUSIC