What does name mean?

Definitions for name

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word name.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. name(noun)

    a language unit by which a person or thing is known

    "his name really is George Washington"; "those are two names for the same thing"

  2. name(noun)

    a person's reputation

    "he wanted to protect his good name"

  3. name, gens(noun)

    family based on male descent

    "he had no sons and there was no one to carry on his name"

  4. name, figure, public figure(noun)

    a well-known or notable person

    "they studied all the great names in the history of France"; "she is an important figure in modern music"

  5. name(noun)

    by the sanction or authority of

    "halt in the name of the law"

  6. name, epithet(verb)

    a defamatory or abusive word or phrase

  7. name, call(verb)

    assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to

    "They named their son David"; "The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader"

  8. name, identify(verb)

    give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property

    "Many senators were named in connection with the scandal"; "The almanac identifies the auspicious months"

  9. name, nominate, make(verb)

    charge with a function; charge to be

    "She was named Head of the Committee"; "She was made president of the club"

  10. appoint, name, nominate, constitute(verb)

    create and charge with a task or function

    "nominate a committee"

  11. name(verb)

    mention and identify by name

    "name your accomplices!"

  12. mention, advert, bring up, cite, name, refer(verb)

    make reference to

    "His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"

  13. identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, name(verb)

    identify as in botany or biology, for example

  14. list, name(verb)

    give or make a list of; name individually; give the names of

    "List the states west of the Mississippi"

  15. diagnose, name(verb)

    determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis


  1. name(Noun)

    Any nounal word or phrase which indicates a particular person, place, class, or thing.

  2. name(Noun)


  3. name(Noun)

    A person (or legal person).

  4. name(Noun)

    A unique identifier, generally a string of characters.

  5. name(Noun)

    An investor in Lloyds of London bearing unlimited liability.

  6. name(Verb)

    To give a name to.

    1904: L. Frank Baum, The Land of Oz u2014 I will name the fellow 'Jack Pumpkinhead!'

  7. name(Verb)

    To mention, specify.

  8. name(Verb)

    To identify as relevant or important

    naming the problem

  9. name(Verb)

    To publicly implicate.

    The painter was named as an accomplice.

  10. name(Verb)

    To designate for a role.

    My neighbor was named to the steering committee.

  11. Origin: From nama, from nam?, from h?n?h?mn?.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Name(noun)

    the title by which any person or thing is known or designated; a distinctive specific appellation, whether of an individual or a class

  2. Name(noun)

    a descriptive or qualifying appellation given to a person or thing, on account of a character or acts

  3. Name(noun)

    reputed character; reputation, good or bad; estimation; fame; especially, illustrious character or fame; honorable estimation; distinction

  4. Name(noun)

    those of a certain name; a race; a family

  5. Name(noun)

    a person, an individual

  6. Name(noun)

    to give a distinctive name or appellation to; to entitle; to denominate; to style; to call

  7. Name(noun)

    to mention by name; to utter or publish the name of; to refer to by distinctive title; to mention

  8. Name(noun)

    to designate by name or specifically for any purpose; to nominate; to specify; to appoint; as, to name a day for the wedding

  9. Name(noun)

    to designate (a member) by name, as the Speaker does by way of reprimand


  1. Name

    A name is a word or term used for identification. Names can identify a class or category of things, or a single thing, either uniquely, or within a given context. A personal name identifies a specific unique and identifiable individual person, and may or may not include a middle name. The name of a specific entity is sometimes called a proper name and is a proper noun. Other nouns are sometimes, more loosely, called names; an older term for them, now obsolete, is "general names". Caution must be exercised when translating, for there are ways that one language may prefer one type of name over another. A feudal naming habit is used sometimes in other languages: the French sometimes refer to Aristotle as "le Stagirite" from one spelling of his place of birth, and English speakers often refer to Shakespeare as "The Bard", recognizing him as a paragon writer of the language. Finally, claims to preference or authority can be refuted: the British did not refer to Louis-Napoleon as Napoleon III during his rule.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Name

    nām, n. that by which a person or a thing is known or called: a designation: that which is said of a person: reputed character: reputation: fame: celebrity: remembrance: a race or family: appearance, not reality: authority: behalf: assumed character of another: (gram.) a noun.—v.t. to give a name to: to designate: to speak of or to call by name: to mention for a post or office: to nominate: to mention formally by name a person in the House of Commons as guilty of disorderly conduct.—adjs. Nam′able, Name′able; Name′less, without a name: undistinguished: indescribable; Name′worthy, distinguished.—adv. Name′lessly.—n. Name′lessness.—adv. Name′ly, by name: that is to say.—ns. Name′-plate, a plate of metal having on it the name of a person, usually affixed to a door or a gate; Nam′er; Name′sake, one bearing the same name as another for his sake.—Name the day, to fix a day, esp. for a marriage.—Call names, to nickname; Christian name (see Christian); In name of, on behalf of: by the authority of; Proper name, a name given to a particular person, place, or thing; Take a name in vain, to use a name lightly or profanely. [A.S. nama; Ger. name; L. nomen.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. name

    The name of a merchant ship, as well as the port to which she belongs, must be painted in a conspicuous manner on her stern. If changed, she must be registered de novo, and the old certificate cancelled.

Editors Contribution

  1. name

    A descriptive noun.

    The name of a street, town or place is created easily.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  
  2. name

    A word or words an animal, person, place or thing is known.

    We all have a name and it is used to identify us.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  
  3. name


    Submitted by prisca_u on May 3, 2020  

Suggested Resources

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'name' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #381

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'name' in Written Corpus Frequency: #324

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'name' in Nouns Frequency: #69

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'name' in Verbs Frequency: #337

Anagrams for name »

  1. Amen, amen, mane, mean, MENA, NEMA, NMEA

How to pronounce name?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say name in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of name in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of name in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of name in a Sentence

  1. David Jordan:

    In the politics of the present, where we are into politics of name calling and insult... I think it's probably unwise for The BBC to get ourselves into a position where we're calling out people for being liars or being racist, what is really important is that we look at the things that people say, that we analyze them, that we describe them objectively and as analytically as we can and we call them out for what they are at the time.

  2. Danny Danon:

    Some in that camp are trying to change the nature of Israel and (use) the name Zionist Union to hide some of the comments made by their members.

  3. Samuel Johnson:

    Nature makes us poor only when we want necessaries, but custom gives the name of poverty to the want of superfluities.

  4. Mickie Zada:

    We might name him Viral.

  5. Chris Cuomo:

    I forgot Raj’s last name this morning. I apologize for that. And then there wound up being a counter-narrative: ‘Well, that makes you racist,' it’s not helpful… it’s being said.

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