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Topic: 6) Fore and aft forenames (1 of 7), Read 109 times
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From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 1999 09:59 AM

Ben Singer, of Peabody, Mass., writes: "Does a word exist that means a person having two first names as his first and last name -- for example, George Thomas?"

And on a related note, who remembers what a "double-barreled name" is?

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Topic: 6) Fore and aft forenames (2 of 7), Read 98 times
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From: Steven Van Steenhuyse (vansteen@mhtc.net)
Date: Thursday, April 15, 1999 09:48 AM

This, of course, leads to wondering about the opposite condition: a person who has two last names, such as "Carter Johnson" or "Carson McCullers".

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Topic: 6) Fore and aft forenames (3 of 7), Read 83 times
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From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Friday, April 16, 1999 03:16 PM

I have no (immediate) answer for this, but for an ingenious twist on the problem follow this link:

two.first.names

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Topic: 6) Fore and aft forenames (4 of 7), Read 62 times
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From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 1999 04:45 PM

better after than former:
precognomen

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Topic: 6) Fore and aft forenames (5 of 7), Read 14 times
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From: Mark Harris (mth1234@yahoo.com)
Date: Wednesday, May 05, 1999 11:47 AM

A "precognomen" is a name which precedes a "last" name; i.e., a first or middle name. A person with two "last" names is "bicognominal." Similarly, a person with two or more "last" names is "multicognominal."

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Topic: 6) Fore and aft forenames (6 of 7), Read 50 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Ann Franchi (graememarcus@hotmail.com)
Date: Saturday, April 24, 1999 02:48 PM

A 'double-barrelled' name is one which is hyphenated, such as Anthony *Smith-Jones*.

It can also refer to a pair of names which are habitually used together although not hyphenated, as in Sir Arthur *Conan Doyle*.

Ann

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Topic: 6) Fore and aft forenames (7 of 7), Read 49 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Saturday, April 24, 1999 04:10 PM

Ah! Thanks. Another example would be Andrew Lloyd Webber -- who also presents a variation on the main issue here, having a forename as one of his two barrels.

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Topic: Fore and aft forenames (1 of 1), Read 28 times
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From: Mel Risinger (admin@mriretail.com)
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 1999 03:46 PM

Suggest the term Alphamoron *L*


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