In countries that particularly venerated Mary, this remained the case much longer; in Poland, until the arrival in the 17th century of French queens named Marie.
Frequently, a given name has versions in many different languages.
Diagram of naming conventions, using John Fitzgerald Kennedy as an example.
First names can also be called given names, and last names (surnames) can also be called family names.
It identifies a specific person, and differentiates that person from the other members of a group (typically a family or clan) who have a common surname.
The term given name refers to the fact that the name usually is bestowed upon a person, normally to a child by his or her parents at or close to the time of birth.
This shows a structure typical for English-speaking cultures (and some others).
Other cultures use other structures for full names.
In informal situations, given names are often used in a familiar and friendly manner.
Some jurisdictions, such as Sweden, restrict the spelling of names. This may be a personal or familial meaning, such as giving a child the name of an admired person, or it may be an example of nominative determinism, in which the parents give the child a name that they believe will be lucky or favourable for the child.
Given names most often derive from the following categories: In many cultures, given names are reused, especially to commemorate ancestors or those who are particularly admired, resulting in a limited repertoire of names that sometimes vary by orthography.
The order given name – father's family name – mother's family name is commonly used in Spanish-speaking countries to acknowledge the families of both parents.
Today the order can also be changed legally in Spain and Uruguay using given name – mother's family name – father's family name.