Etymology: From the older form eke-name, from Middle English eke, meaning also, and name; the n comes from hearing "an eke-name" as "a nickname". Compare apple, newt, orange, ox, umpire.
- A familiar, invented given name for a person or thing used instead of the actual name of the person or thing.
- A kind of byname that describes a person by a characteristic of that person.
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