Talking or writing about names
a personal name that you are given when you are born: The children call me Mrs Jones, but actually my first name is Mary.
the name that comes after your first name but is not often used except to identify you formally: My second name is Victoria, after my grandmother.
a woman’s last name before she was married: I still use my maiden name for work purposes.
an invented name that other people call you, especially when you are young: His nickname was Penguin because of the way he walked.
a name that actors use in their professional career that is different from their real name: She thought Joan Smith was too boring, so she decided to use the stage name Maria Vitalez.
nom de plume
a name that writers sometimes use so that their real identity
is not known: She wrote all her detective novels under the pen name Barbara Greensmith.
the first letters of each of your names: His initials H.I. were carved on the side of the desk.
an official name that you put in front of your own name that shows your status in society: Officially my title is Doctor Jones, but most people just call me Janet. ♦ When his father dies he will have the title of Duke of Cumberland.
a false name that someone, especially a criminal, uses to keep their real identity secret: He went under several aliases, including Bernard Kopf and Harold Gene.