1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. A person, an individual. [Poetic]
"They list with women each degenerate name." -- Dryden.
(a) The name a person receives at baptism, as distinguished from surname; baptismal name. (b) A given name, whether received at baptism or not.
See under Given.
in profession, or by title only; not in reality; as, a friend in name.
In the name of
(a) In behalf of; by the authority of. " I charge you in the duke's name to obey me." Shak. (b) In the represented or assumed character of. "I'll to him again in name of Brook." Shak.
a plate as of metal, glass, etc., having a name upon it, as a sign; a doorplate.
a name assumed by an author; a pseudonym or nom de plume. Bayard Taylor.
(Gram.), a name applied to a particular person, place, or thing.
To call names
to apply opprobrious epithets to; to call by reproachful appellations.
To take a name in vain
to use a name lightly or profanely; to use a name in making flippant or dishonest oaths. Ex. xx. 7.
Syn. -- Appellation; title; designation; cognomen; denomination; epithet. -- 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 term, 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.