Sign Language Dictionary

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Name in Sign Language

Learn how to sign name – you can ask for someone’s name or tell the person yours!

1. On each separate hand, press the pointer and middle fingers together and tuck the remaining fingers into your palm.
2. Next tap the extended fingers on each hand one on top of the other so that they form an x-shape. This is name.
3. Notice there is no sign for the word is. This word is not often signed in ASL as it is implied.
4. Because you’re making and x with the fingers on your two hands, think about how you sign your name on the x! Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Children often meet one another and begin to play easily, but they don’t always introduce themselves first! Encourage your child to tell her name, and ask for the name of the other child. Use the sign to support the interaction.
  • Kids learning to spell their name benefit from having the lesson supported in sign language. Encourage your child to say, “My name is _______. My name is spelled (example: S-A-M)”. He will have two chances to use the sign for name and practice the letters!

Name. Using your first two fingers, you cross them. Name!