signature, autograph

signature, autograph
Both signature and autograph mean the name of a person as written by himself (herself). Even the X or other mark that indicates identity may be called a signature; the word comes from a Latin term meaning "to mark with a sign." Autograph (from Greek words meaning "written by oneself') is usually applied to the handwritten name of a person of distinction or notoriety. Those celebrities asked for an autograph may or may not write their actual names; many have a professional name different from their real name. If so, they give an autograph (assumed name) to those who ask but use a signature for checks or other transactions requiring genuine identification.

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