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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
Which is the given name in the following: Jean-Luc Picard

Which of the following does not have the same meaning as the others:

In the following name, what is the middle name: Brian Michael Bendis

In the following name, what is the middle initial? James Tiberius Kirk

What is your good name?

What is your Christian name?

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138 Comments on “English Vocabulary – First name? Given name? Forename? What’s your name?”

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hi,thanks for all my help.

Wednesday, April 28th 2010

    By all means

    Saturday, March 25th 2017

thank you

Wednesday, April 28th 2010

thank you

Thursday, April 29th 2010

thank you Reebaca

Thursday, April 29th 2010

i really thank full to all team members of engvid.

Thursday, April 29th 2010

    u are welcome

    Monday, September 28th 2015

Thanks a lot to teach us.
I’m wondering if you could give us a lesson about countries names spelling or prepositions .

Thursday, April 29th 2010

Hi, that’s lessons are very interesting, I like to heard those lessons because I need to practice and understand the conversations, this’s my regular ability and sometimes is difficult to understand.
Thank a lot.

Saturday, May 1st 2010

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Monday, May 3rd 2010

very nice explanation

Tuesday, May 4th 2010

wow very wonderful…..

Wednesday, May 5th 2010

Wonderful lesson!

Wednesday, May 5th 2010

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Thursday, May 6th 2010

    Idon;t know how to thank you .I would like to give you this proverb a apressnt. ‘better than a thousand days of diligen study is one say with great teacher J

    Wednesday, October 20th 2010

    i thanks you for every lessons,very precious lessons you give for us

    Tuesday, September 27th 2016

    Idem do I!

    Tuesday, April 2nd 2019

I don’t know how to thank you. I would like to give you this proverb as a present.
“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one say with a great teacher.” -Japanese proverb

Friday, May 7th 2010

    sorry. not say. It should be day. ” Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher”

    Friday, May 7th 2010

      You are right!!!…. I think so!!

      Monday, May 17th 2010

    I am touched by your kindness. So glad I could help you. Thank you very much.

    Wednesday, July 28th 2010

thank for your teaching this lesson is very useful

Monday, May 10th 2010

Thank a lot.

Monday, May 10th 2010

Thanks for your lessons, Rebecca.
Regards from Spain.

Wednesday, May 12th 2010

    Thanks Rebecca a lots !
    I am from Viet Nam, I love u at the first sight when I hearted u teaching

    Monday, May 23rd 2011

      I come from Viet Nam, too.
      I am also interested in her teaching way.
      Really happy to make a friendship with you! Have a wonderful day!

      Thursday, November 3rd 2011

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my teacher
i like english

Wednesday, May 12th 2010

thanks to provide such a brilliant way of teaching.

Friday, May 14th 2010

Thanks a lot!!!!… Youre le4ssons are the best whatever I used before….

Monday, May 17th 2010

i will improve my knowldge

Monday, May 17th 2010

Hi Rebecca!

Your teaching made me interested.

Thank you kindly.

From Cambodia

Saturday, May 22nd 2010

really so superb…….this website so useful for improving spoken English ….

Thursday, May 27th 2010

woow thanx very mush

Friday, May 28th 2010

very good

Saturday, May 29th 2010

What about the maiden names? In Mexico is common to have two last names, and ours complete names are created with the first, middle, last and second last names.

Tuesday, June 1st 2010

    Thanks for sharing that info with us. You are absolutely right. I know several wonderful Mexican students with beautiful long names.

    The term maiden name refers to a woman’s family name or last name before she got married. Of course, not all women change their names to the husband’s family name upon marriage!

    Wednesday, July 28th 2010

Very good

Saturday, June 5th 2010

hi rebeca
thanks you very much about lessons u have good way to explain lesson
your sincerlly

Sunday, June 6th 2010

helloo maam i m natasha the lesson which you teach
me was really very usful for me thank you

Friday, June 11th 2010

Thank you very much. Your lessons have a lot of useful information & they are so superb.
Thank you all.

Monday, July 5th 2010

Dear Ms. Rebeca,
Thanks for the lesson. I am from Bangladesh & as per our custom some names has no link with family name also we never asked for it such as my name is Mohammed Bazlur Rahman & my father name is Abdul Latif. In my passport & other certificates my name is written only Mohammed Bazlur Rahman.

My question is how I will write my first, middle & last name. You kind advice will be highly appreciated.
Best regards,

Wednesday, July 7th 2010

    An interesting tand difficult question!

    I would look in the passport and follow what they have done. So it MAY be that Mohammed is your first name, Bazlur is your middle name, and Rahman is your family or last name. I cannot be sure though.

    Please check with other English speakers or teachers in your country as there are national and cultural differences which determine the answer to your question.

    Thanks for teaching me something, too.

    Wednesday, July 28th 2010

      hi mam i m from pakistan
      so here my name is (MUHAMMAD QAMAR-uz-ZAMAN) can u tell me whats my given name,surname,second name.Last (family/surname) name,

      Monday, July 16th 2012

very thankfull every one who teach me english. i like this side this side provide videos lessons

Thursday, July 8th 2010

its really good indeed

Saturday, July 17th 2010


Sunday, August 1st 2010

    hai juga kawan (hey friend)

    Sunday, October 9th 2011

hello, teacher and friends. Thank you, Rebecca for your classes. I have dificult to understand everything that you speak because I need more training to audition. Despite this, I am persistent and I am always seeking more knowledge and this site has helped me quite.

Friday, August 20th 2010

thanks you so much!!!!!

Monday, August 30th 2010

thank’s Rebecca for your lesson, it is really help me to understand. God Bless you

Wednesday, September 22nd 2010

hi great teacher ms rebecca
i want to speek easly and with out stop but this more difficult because here no english speaker all arabic.i every day search on google to get some friend and start conversation to improve my english but not no succes only i get you site this very interasting
i do mistake in spell
please check my english and told me what i do wrong
and heandover my mistake
your student jamil
best regard.

Tuesday, October 12th 2010

    There are many english students community in internet, like Englishtown, Livemocha and Busuu. Try these and good luck.

    Tuesday, July 3rd 2012

Hi Rebecca.

Congratulations! YOu always do well

Go ahead!

Wednesday, October 27th 2010

Teacher! What about Nick name, alias name, or legal name? thanks in advanced

Sunday, October 31st 2010

thanks all for you! that web site is very usefull for me.. if possible can i ask a question for you. in some culturs use special name for people. taht names will give to people during the their life. for example hero, brave etc.. how can we called that names?
thanks again..

Saturday, November 6th 2010

Dear Ms. Rebeca,
why in Canada you don’t have middle name ?
last name in your cultural refer to father name or to grandfather name ? I know 11 names of my grandfathers in my cultural the family name is last one, what about yours?

Friday, November 12th 2010

Wonderful lesson madam,i really like it.
Thank you very much.

Tuesday, November 16th 2010


Monday, November 22nd 2010

Thank u very much for ur great time

Saturday, November 27th 2010


Tuesday, November 30th 2010

hi there!it’s nice class,,,

Saturday, December 11th 2010

Thank you very much! Good luck!

Monday, December 13th 2010

Hi Rebecca i am your new student,but i am bigenery i want to bigan low level.
thank you for teaching us english.

Tuesday, December 14th 2010

hi i would like to ask what if i have got a chinese name and a christian name like example: tan wei wei rebecca? which is my given name? pls help!

Wednesday, December 15th 2010

thank you so much

Saturday, December 18th 2010

hi dear madam i dont know the differences between sub_ordinating and co_ordinating conjunction if can give my answer send it to my e mail

Wednesday, March 23rd 2011

Hi Rebbeca, this lesson help me a lot.Thank you so much.
Could you explain us the correct use of the words:upon, into and onto ?.Thanks again.

Friday, April 1st 2011

Hi respected teacher, I am very happy to find this sit now, so I want to learn English on this way

Tuesday, April 5th 2011

thanks alot I’m from egypt . I love english very much and I hope to speak it like native and I found great help in this site

Tuesday, April 12th 2011

could u please give a lecture on the use of words “might” and “maybe” with it’s negative n interrogative forms.


Wednesday, April 13th 2011

…and also the use of word “probably” in contrast of “maybe/might”

Wednesday, April 13th 2011


Friday, April 29th 2011


Friday, June 3rd 2011

Thank u so much Rebecca!ur all lessons r so great, and useful! ;) thanks alot EngVid

Wednesday, July 13th 2011

Hello!Miss Rebecca, you are a very good teacher. Because in Pakistan, we don’t usually speak English.
Keep i up!

Saturday, July 16th 2011

How are you doing? Hope you and the other teachers are fine?I want to thank you for this wonderful explanation of names.It will help me in my future.
Thanks a lot to you and all teachers.

Saturday, July 16th 2011

Hi!Hello!How are you doing?I was wondering if you can upload a video of yours to improve our English speaking and emotions.I will be very thankful.

Saturday, July 16th 2011

Still waiting for your reply.

Saturday, July 16th 2011

hi teacher what is the meaning of `maiden name`?

Monday, August 8th 2011

    Hi Abhilash,

    A « maiden name » is the family name (surname, or last name) of a woman before she gets married.

    Monday, August 22nd 2011

Hi Rebecca,

Even if I’ve been learning english for years, I found this lesson very useful! It really helps untangle some pretty well mixed up notions!

Monday, August 22nd 2011

Dear Ms. Rebeca,

It is an impoliteness way to ask ‘what is your name’ in India. Probably the use of ‘what is your good name’ derived from Hindi phrase “aap ka shubh naam kya hai”. If we use “good name” , it will be considered more politeness/respect.

Please accept my sincere thanks for your valuable teaching. I can follow you easily.

Saturday, September 3rd 2011

I committed a mistake by misspelled your name as ‘Rebeca’. Sorry Ms. Rebecca.

Saturday, September 3rd 2011

Hi Rebecca, the best serious teacher i like you
best wishes

Saturday, September 3rd 2011

good work

Saturday, October 1st 2011

hi my name is farid i have a business english exam this week do you have advice for me

Monday, October 3rd 2011

terima kasih (from indonesia)

Sunday, October 9th 2011

I was so confused about these names description.This lesson have solved my problem.Thanks a million, Rebecca.

Monday, October 17th 2011

It was such a wanderful teaching that i never had imagined.I suggest programs like these should be added, to get some of us awake from our slumbers. thank you so much

Sunday, October 30th 2011

thanks alot

Sunday, October 30th 2011

Thank you i understand

Monday, October 31st 2011

thanks a lot miss u r very best techer ..

Saturday, November 12th 2011

What about chinese name with Christian name? For example, Darren Teh Kai Jun. Which one should be the first name, middle name and last name?

Monday, November 14th 2011

hi!your way in teaching helps learners to grasp the information and understand it easily.thank you.A thousand kisses.

Sunday, December 11th 2011

I like your lessons! Thank you a lot.

Wednesday, January 4th 2012

Rebecca madam awesome i like her classes thank you very much madam.

Wednesday, January 11th 2012

Teacher Rabecca,
I just finished to hear some of your lessons.Redarding of the names,it was avery useful one.I have had some problems in the past,but from now on,it’ll be different.Thanks Ms.Rabecca.Best regards,Maria.

Sunday, January 29th 2012


Friday, March 16th 2012

Hello Rebecca,

Reading your article about common English mistakes, I didn’t understand something.

Wrong I have visited Niagara Falls last weekend.
Right I visited Niagara Falls last weekend.

But in the song of The Cardigans appears this form:
I’ve changed my mind
I take it back
Erase and rewind
‘Cause I’ve been changing my mind

I’ve changed, Is it not the same that I have changed?
I’ve visited, Is it not the same that I have visited?

Thanks a lot!

PS: I am still waiting answer about difference between You and I, and You and me!

Tuesday, March 27th 2012

Thanks, Now, I get it..

Tuesday, April 10th 2012

Hi thank you for help.

Sunday, June 3rd 2012


Sunday, June 17th 2012

hi Rebecca,
wonderful class, very informative… I’m from Pakistan and there is also trend to ask ‘ what is your good name?’ ..
Thanks a million,

Friday, July 13th 2012

Thanks, This lesson is very helpful.

Friday, July 27th 2012

Thanks a lot!

Wednesday, August 1st 2012

Thanks, it solved one of my great problem.

Friday, September 21st 2012

Dear Rebecca, Thank you very much for your lessons. I’ve got one question: What about patronyms? Are they regarded as middle names in, e.g., application forms? Thank you.

Tuesday, October 30th 2012

Thank you Ma´am, I could learn something ore about filling forms because after this lesson I was kind of confused about given name, Christian name and first name. BTW I didn´t know about the existence of the term “forename” so it was another term I came to iscover with your lesson. I´m thanked with you and I hope to visit your beautiful country Canada some day, it is one of my dreams!!!!

Saturday, December 15th 2012

My full-name is Md. Saffat-E-Nayeem.
what is my surname here?

Monday, February 4th 2013

many many thanks for that im really so exited ur lessons ,,;)

Wednesday, February 27th 2013

Most of the time the anser to the question What’s your name? is My name is gloria … but when to answer ( It’s Gloria) only and why. thanks

Thursday, March 14th 2013

Christian name >>> what is mean ??… and how use it ???

Saturday, April 13th 2013

This is great, thanks Rebecca

Friday, June 14th 2013

Thank you. ^”^

Thursday, January 16th 2014

thank you :)

Friday, January 31st 2014

Hi Rebecca,thank you very much for your interesting and helpful lesson.
take care

Sunday, March 30th 2014

I will never be confused by these words. Thank you Rebecca! :D

Friday, April 25th 2014

thank you Rebecca i love your lessons so much

Thursday, July 10th 2014

The full name of Simón Bolívar (1783-1830), the liberator of Venezuela, in our war of independence was: “Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolivar y Ponte Palacios y Blanco” :-)

Sunday, July 27th 2014

good to know. Ths Rebecca.

Friday, October 3rd 2014


Tuesday, November 18th 2014

Thank you teacher
All engvid members, you’re welcome to my skype:KIM-00 ^_^

Saturday, February 28th 2015

I got 100 % as usual :) Thank uuuu

Thursday, April 30th 2015

Thank you

Monday, May 11th 2015

Dear Rebecca,
If I heard correctly, you said: Write your name more fully than before. :-)
Best regards.

Tuesday, May 26th 2015

Thanks for your great job!

Monday, November 23rd 2015

Very useful lesson. Thank you.

Monday, December 7th 2015

thanks a lot.

Sunday, January 17th 2016

Thanks you so much, very useful.

Thursday, May 5th 2016

Dear Rebecca,
I have a question. Is there a difference between “middle name” and “partonymic”?
I am from Russia and my name is Dina Vladimirovna Scherbakova. So Dina is a first name, Scherbakova is a last name. And what about Vladimirovna? How should I fill out a form?
Best regards,

Friday, May 13th 2016

Thanks for your.

Sunday, March 5th 2017

very helpful lesson.

Have a good week-end Rebecca

Friday, August 11th 2017

I got 5/6! Thanks for the lesson!!

Friday, November 24th 2017


Saturday, December 23rd 2017

You got 5 correct out of 6.

thank you.

Thursday, May 3rd 2018

Thanks a lot :)

Thursday, January 16th 2020

many thanks, we need more conversation with many examples

Friday, July 3rd 2020

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