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    What is your good name?

    Hi,

    Some people (non-native speakers) tend to say "What is your good name?" as a polite way of asking someone about their name.

    Is this really used in English or just a translation of the Arabic or Indian use?

    Because in Arabic we do say "what is your generous/noble name?".

    If it not used in English, is there a polite way to do that, or "what is your name is polite enough"?

    Thanks :)


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    Re: What is your good name?

    It was used in the past, but is now regarded as a distinctly archaic form used largely by not very literate people or non-native speakers.

    If you want a less straight question, then "Could you tell me your name" or "I am sorry, I missed your name" are both polite forms.

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    Re: What is your good name?

    Thanks Anglika for your constant help ;)

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