Middle English Dictionary Entry

nāmen v.
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Note: Cp. nemnen.
(a) To name (sb.), give a name to; ~..for, name (an angel) after (a star); ppl. named, named; named after, named after (sb. or sth.); (b) to call (sb.) something; give (sb.) a descriptive, complimentary, or pejorative epithet; surname (sb.); refl. call oneself (sth.); named noble, named or called 'noble'; etc.; (c) to give a designation to an object, a place, a temptation, a scientific entity, a day of the week, etc.; give an allegorical name (to an arrow); ppl. named, called; ppl. naming, designating; (d) to label or classify (a list of virtues); entitle (a book); ppl. named, entitled.
(a) To speak someone's name; reveal someone's identity; say (a word); (b) to list (names, colors, etc.), enumerate; mention, distinguish; named in you, mentioned among you; ppl. named, enumerated, previously mentioned; aboven named, biforen named; (c) to call upon (sb.), invoke (God, etc.).
(a) To give (sb.) a reputation; praise (sb.), defame (sb.); ascribe (power to sth.), attribute (a quality to sb.); ivele named, accused of evil; wel named, well-reputed; ppl. named, renowned, notorious, known; named in theire kinredes, renowned among their kin; gret named, highly renowned; named of, famed for (strength, etc.); named to, attributed to (sb.); (b) to proclaim (an action ignorant, one's life to be secure, etc.).
To denote (sb. or sth.), signify, mean.