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Given name

A given name specifies and differentiates different members of a family, all of whose member share the same family name.

In many European countries, the given name is synonymous with first name, and for Christians, with Christian name, but these terms do not apply internationally, not even within the entire Europe. For example, the Hungarians traditionally have given name placed after the family name. As do all East Asians (and also the Vietnamese, i.e., all members of the CJKV family) traditionally. The practise of placing given name last has been considered as a manifestation of the importance of the collective importance of the family.

Given names have etymology include:

  • Aspiring personality traits, e.g., beauty (external and interanl)
  • Object: rock (Peter), spear
  • etc

However, in many cultures, given names are simply reused, especially to commemorate the dead (namesake), resulting in a virtually limited repertoire of names. And those namesakes, in turn, were often named after Biblical characters, except Jesus, the use of his name is almost always considered a taboo or sacrilege[?] in English-speaking regions. However, "Jesus" is a very popular name in Latin America, without any negative implication. Reflecting on her popularity, Mary, is also an extremely popular name, also especially in Latin America, where her shrines are commonplace, and the name is even for boys (as "Marie", "Mario", "Marius").

The Chinese and Korean given names[?] are virtually all unique, because meaningful Hanzi and Hanja characters can be combined extensively. However, some less educated parents recycle popular given names as well. And those names of famous and successful persons are also reused occasionally. Nevertheless, most Chinese and Korean parents invest a tremendous amount contemplating the names of their newborns before their birth, often with comprehensive dictionaries or with religious guides, formal or informal. Sometimes, especially in traditional families, paternal grandparents are the name-givers, as their opinions based on experience are considered more valuable.

Many Japanese women's names end in ko (子), such as Yoko Ono), which means "(girl-)child" in Japanese.

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