givenname — The given name of a person.


givenname ::= [-]


Use givenname for any given name or chosen name of a person. This is also used for forenames and sometimes nicknames.

A givenname is an alternative to firstname.

Processing expectations

Formatted inline. In an address, this element may inherit the verbatim qualities of an address.


These elements contain givenname: bibliomixed, bibliomset, personname.


The following elements occur in givenname: text, abbrev, acronym, alt, anchor, biblioref, coref, date, emphasis (db._emphasis), firstterm (db._firstterm), footnote, footnoteref, foreignphrase (db._foreignphrase), glossterm (db._glossterm), indexterm (db.indexterm.endofrange), indexterm (db.indexterm.singular), indexterm (db.indexterm.startofrange), inlinemediaobject, link, olink, phrase (db._phrase), quote (db._quote), remark, subscript, superscript, trademark, wordasword, xref.


<article xmlns='http://docbook.org/ns/docbook'>
<title>Example personname</title>

<para>Starting in DocBook 5.1, <tag>givenname</tag> is an
<emphasis>alternative</emphasis> <tag>firstname</tag> in
personal names. For example,


Starting in DocBook 5.1, givenname is an alternative firstname in personal names. For example, Albert Einstein.