- The title by which any person or thing is known or designated; a distinctive specific appellation, whether of an individual or a class."Whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof." [Gen. ii. 19. ]"What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." [Shak.]
- A descriptive or qualifying appellation given to a person or thing, on account of a character or acts."His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." [Is. ix. 6.]
- Reputed character; reputation, good or bad; estimation; fame; especially, illustrious character or fame; honorable estimation; distinction."What men of name resort to him?" [Shak.]"Far above . . . every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come." [Eph. i. 21.]"I will get me a name and honor in the kingdom." [1 Macc. iii. 14.]"He hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin." [Deut. xxii. 19.]"The king's army . . . had left no good name behind." [Clarendon.]
- Those of a certain name; a race; a family."The ministers of the republic, mortal enemies of his name, came every day to pay their feigned civilities." [Motley.]
- A person, an individual.(Poetic)"They list with women each degenerate name." [Dryden.]synonyms: Appellation; title; designation; cognomen; denomination; epithet.
Usage: Name Appellation Title Denomination. Name is generic, denoting that combination of sounds or letters by which a person or thing is known and distinguished. Appellation, although sometimes put for name simply, denotes, more properly, a descriptive termcalled also agnomen or cognomen), used by way of marking some individual peculiarity or characteristic; as, Charles the Bold, Philip the Stammerer. A title is a term employed to point out one's rank, office, etc.; as, the Duke of Bedford, Paul the Apostle, etc. Denomination is to particular bodies what appellation is to individuals; thus, the church of Christ is divided into different denominations, as Congregationalists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, etc.
Etymology: AS. nama; akin to D. naam, OS. & OHG. namo, G. name, Icel. nafn, for namn, Dan. navn, Sw. namn, Goth. namō, L. nomenperh. influenced by noscere gnoscere, to learn to know), Gr. 'o`mona, Scr. nāman. √267. Cf. Anonymous Ignominy Misnomer Nominal Noun