go by the name (of)

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go by the name (of)

To use the specific name (that is then stated). My daughter Margaret has now decided that she goes by the name Calliope. I'm looking for a man who goes by the name of Whitaker. Do you know him?
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go by the name of something

to be known by a specific name. She goes by the name of Gladys George. I used to go by the name of George.
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go by the name of...

use a name that may not be your real one: Although she was born Mary Jones, she now goes by the name of Natasha, which she feels is more appropriate to her glamorous image.
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This barber, who went by the name of Little Benjamin, was a fellow of great oddity and humour, which had frequently let him into small inconveniencies, such as slaps in the face, kicks in the breech, broken bones, &c.
One day a shabby, miserable-looking driver, who went by the name of "Seedy Sam", brought in his horse looking dreadfully beat, and the governor said:
"I mean to say that at Loewestein the man who here calls himself Isaac Boxtel went by the name of Master Jacob."
"When he was young he went by the name of Oatmeal Frewen and he got it this way.
It was a failure at first, and went by the name of "Vail's Folly." But Engineer Carty, by a happy thought, DOUBLED THE WIRE, and thus in a moment established two new factors in the telephone business--the Metallic Circuit and the Long Distance line.
Anthony Gignac went by the name of "Sultan Bin Khaild Al-Saud", as he pretended to be a Saudi royal, and stole $8 million from 26 people over the past two years.(Shutterstock)
As of this writing, the identities of the suspects have not been released, except one of them went by the name 'Rey,' according to a police report.
New information has come to light and the man's name is now thought to be Ibrahim Jama-Mohamed, but he also went by the name Brian Mohamed.
Amazingly, none of them went by the name of Jeremy Chapman either Impressed with Masterstroke at Deauville last weekend.
Atwell of Chicago, shows a dainty high-wire walker who went by the name of Herberta "Slats" Beeson.
Fiza, who originally went by the name of Anuradha Bali, allegedly consumed blood pressure tablets at her uncle's house.
Dempsey, who went by the name of Deuce when he was on the mic, added: "I didn't think I was going to be the best rapper or anything like that, but it was a great experience and I'm really glad I did it."
DIED: Billy Edgar, 57, a pioneering gay actor who went by the name Sweet William in the 1970s, of an apparent suicide, June 24.
Scappaticci was named by newspapers last weekend as a double agent in the IRA who went by the name Stakeknife.