Talk:calling name

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Apparently created to be a tranlsation, but I've never heard this term in my years of working in onomastics. --EncycloPetey 14:05, 30 June 2009 (UTC)

google books:"his|her calling name" has sufficiently many hits ([1], [2], [3], [4], [5], and [6], and possibly Nepal, Jailbreak, [7], Mountains, and Spiritpath) in the sense of "name that one is called by, though it may be a nickname or otherwise unofficial"; perhaps that what the contributor meant?​—msh210 17:27, 30 June 2009 (UTC) Edited inconsequentially.​—msh210 21:51, 30 June 2009 (UTC)
An idiomatic definition that seems to encompass all the quotes is "nickname" not "given name" which, I thought, is more official (appearing on a birth certificate etc). Not a term I remember hearing or reading before, but easy to infer its meaning from context. DCDuring TALK 17:45, 30 June 2009 (UTC)
Yes, except that some of the above hits seem to use calling name to refer to an official name (i.e., not a nickname) by which one is familiarly known: Nepal, Jailbreak, Spiritpath, and possibly Mountains.​—msh210 17:51, 30 June 2009 (UTC) Edited inconsequentially.​—msh210 21:51, 30 June 2009 (UTC)
I also noted more than a few hits for a sense referring to "a name that an animal is trained to respond to". (search "dog" "calling name"). We may end with three or more senses. DCDuring TALK 22:13, 30 June 2009 (UTC)
Are those not all the same sense? A name one goes by (is called by).​—msh210 22:22, 30 June 2009 (UTC)
Would that include screen names (computer), stage names, aliases, pen names, affectionate names like "meathead" and "mon petit chou", and surnames, all of which one may be called by? The regrettable speciesist tendencies among normal users may prevent them from realizing that "one" applies to animals. And speciesist animal users might also have a problem. I suppose that if we have all the synonyms listed the human senses should be covered. I'd still be a little concerned that a user (say a translator) might not be discriminating in the choice of synonym to translate from. For a short entry like this, why not be nuanced ? DCDuring TALK 02:03, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
As both onomastics and biology are ong-time interests of mine, I think a nuanced entry in this case would be spiffy. --EncycloPetey 20:59, 5 July 2009 (UTC)

RFV failed, sense replaced with {{defn|English}}. —RuakhTALK 22:19, 15 December 2009 (UTC)