General English

  • noun a special way of calling someone or something
  • verb to call someone or something by a name

General Science

  • noun a word used to address or refer to a thing or a person



  • noun a person who provides security for insurance arranged by a Lloyd’s of London syndicate. The underwriters who form Lloyd’s are divided into syndicates, each made up of active underwriters who arrange the business and names who stand surety for any insurance claims which may arise. Because of large losses by some syndicates in the early 1990s, some names were made bankrupt.


  • verb to refer formally by name to a Member of Parliament who has behaved in a way regarded as unsuitable, which leads to that MP being unable to enter the House of Commons for a period as a punishment


  • noun a word used to call a person or a thing

Origin & History of “name”

Name is an ancient word, which traces its history back to Indo-European *-nomen-. this has produced Latin nōmen (source of English nominate, noun, etc), Greek ónoma (source of English anonymous (17th c.) – etymologically ‘nameless’ – and synonym (16th c.)), Welsh enw, and Russian imja, among many others. Its prehistoric Germanic descendant was *namōn, which has evolved to German and English name, Dutch naam, Swedish namn, and Danish navn.