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Subject: Re: What does it mean?
Author: Chrisell   (Authenticated as Chrisell)
Date: August 20, 2004 at 2:56:29 AM
Reply to: What does it mean? by Senthil
In English-speaking countries, "first name" means your given name, ie the name your parents gave you when you were born. "middle name" is also a given name. "surname" or "last name" is the name you inherit from your parent (usually your father but sometimes your mother), which was also your parent's surname.

For example: my name is Christine Ellen Woodhams.
Christine is my "first name" and it is what I am usually called
Ellen is my "middle name" and only gets used on official documents
Woodhams is my "last name" and is also my father's "last name" - his name is Roger (first name) Singen (middle name) Woodhams (last name).

Hope that helps!

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