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1. The elliptical construction name of, short for by the name of, is now common informally:

• Keep your eyes peeled for a customer on his own, name of Sheldrake —David Lodge, 1991.

2. The idiom you name it, used informally as a colourful equivalent of ‘etc.’, is first found in print in the 1960s, and is now well established:

• Whatever they choose to say, Directors, DG, Higher Command, War Cabinet, Prime Minister, you name it, I'm not sending my units back into Europe —Penelope Fitzgerald, 1980.

3. The idiom to name someone or something after (or for) someone or something else has settled down in current usage as name after in BrE and name for in AmE:

• Wellington, who, as we all know, has a boot named after him —Printing World, 1976

• Each chapter is named for the element it recalls —New Yorker, 1987.

The American use occasionally creeps into British contexts, but one is always aware that it is not entirely natural there:

• In a city [Melbourne] named for a British prime minister, in a state named for a British queen,… —Sunday Times, 1988

• Which Canadian city is named for a Royal Navy captain and great explorer from Kings Lynn, Norfolk? —Liverpool Daily Post, 2007.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Name — (n[=a]m), n. [AS. nama; akin to D. naam, OS. & OHG. namo, G. name, Icel. nafn, for namn, Dan. navn, Sw. namn, Goth. nam[=o], L. nomen (perh. influenced by noscere, gnoscere, to learn to know), Gr. o mona, Scr. n[=a]man. [root]267. Cf. {Anonymous} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • .name — Introduced 2001 TLD type Generic top level domain Status Active Registry Verisign Sponsor None Intended use Personal sites of individuals …   Wikipedia

  • .name — Введение 2001 Тип домена общий домен верхнего уровня Статус действующий Регистратор VeriSign …   Википедия

  • Name — (n[=a]m), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Named} (n[=a]md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Naming}.] [AS. namian. See {Name}, n.] 1. To give a distinctive name or appellation to; to entitle; to denominate; to style; to call. [1913 Webster] She named the child Ichabod. 1… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • name — index appoint, assign (designate), bear (adduce), call (title), call (title) …   Law dictionary

  • .name — est un domaine de premier niveau générique restreint d Internet. Ce domaine est destiné aux individus réels ou fictifs qui peuvent s y inscrire au moyen de leurs prénoms, noms, pseudonymes et / ou autres identifiants. Aucune validation n est… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ñame — es el nombre de varias plantas con tubérculos comestibles: Las plantas comestibles del género Dioscorea, principalmente Dioscorea alata y Dioscorea sculenta; también Colocasia esculenta (en las Islas Canarias). Oxalis tuberosa, también llamada… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Name [1] — Name (lat. Nomen, griech. Onoma), ist dasjenige Wort, wodurch man ein Einzelwesen od. einen einzelnen Ort kennzeichnet zum Unterschied von andern, u. welches daher auch als Eigenname (Nomen proprium) dem grammatischen Kunstausdrucke Gemeinname… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Name [2] — Name (orient.), 1) Schreiben, Urkunde; 2) als Buchtitel, so v.w. Spiegel, z.B. Schahname, Königsspiegel …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Name — Name, allgemein jede Benennung, im engern Sinn als Eigenname (Nomen proprium) die Bezeichnung eines einzelnen Wesens oder Dinges zur Unterscheidung von andern gleicher Ga nun g, und zwar insbes. die eines menschlichen Individuums (Personenname).… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Name — Name, Personenname, Wort zur Kennzeichnung eines Einzelwesens, Eigen N. (nomen proprĭum) im Gegensatz zu Gattungs N., Gemein N. oder Appellativ N. (nomen appellatīvum; Baum, Mensch u.a.). Die alten Griechen hatten keine Geschlechts N., doch war… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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