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    Question What do you call the name that is your real name?

    I usually use a nickname e.g. John and other people know me as John. Lets say I want to inform another person about my real name (real name that is on my ID card), how do I say it?

    My full name is Neram Smith.
    My real name is Neram Smith.
    My legal name is Neram Smith.
    My ID name is Neram Smith.
    My ID card name is Neram Smith.

    Are the above correct?
    Any other better suggestions?

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    Re: What do you call the name that is your real name?

    They are all correct.

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    Re: What do you call the name that is your real name?

    I would only use "real" or "legal."

    "Full" only works if "John" is somehow part of his name. Like he was Winston John Smith, but everyone knew him as "John." Then his full name would be "Winston John Smith."

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    Re: What do you call the name that is your real name?

    My actual name is Neram Smith.

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    Re: What do you call the name that is your real name?

    You will also hear it referred to as your 'given' name (as opposed to your family name).

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    Re: What do you call the name that is your real name?

    I would probably say something like "My real/actual name is Neram but I prefer to be called John".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What do you call the name that is your real name?

    Would using "legal name" or "real name" give the impression that I am using a fake name for illegal purposes?

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    Re: What do you call the name that is your real name?

    It probably wouldn't, but you would have to take that risk.

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    Re: What do you call the name that is your real name?

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    Would using "legal name" or "real name" give the impression that I am using a fake name for illegal purposes?
    If you're worried about that, add some information about why you use John:

    I use the name John at work, but my actual/real name is Neram Smith. (I like Teachar's suggestion of actual as it doesn't carry the real/false idea.)

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