Is that true that I can use that phrasing:

"my first(given) name" the "my nickname" ?

What exactly do native speakers think when they hear such phrasing? Is it appropriate to use as a whole nickname?

I am assuming that a nickname is a single word. I am considering something like "Ender", but I am also interested about using adjectives in the phrasing this question is about. For example, can I use "Alex The Ender" as a nickname? Would the last word in it considered a nickname by itself?

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    It depends on the context but okay, an example would be Robert "The Hulk" Banner
    – grooveplex
    Commented Dec 10, 2016 at 20:25
  • Can you give more examples of specific pairs? Commented Dec 10, 2016 at 20:27
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    What exactly DO native speakers think. These are not structures.
    – Lambie
    Commented Dec 10, 2016 at 20:28
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    You could call it a phrasing. More importantly, though, you should provide more context, telling us how you would use this. For example, if my nickname is “The Goon”, then I wouldn’t not say “J.R. the The Goon” –though that’s how it’s phrased in your question.
    – J.R.
    Commented Dec 10, 2016 at 20:42
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    @AlexandrG - You ought to make those clarifications in your question, not down here in the comments. And provide a couple concrete examples, like Alexandr the Enquirer, or whatever else you have in mind. Generally speaking, the more information you can provide in your question, the more likely you are to get detailed, helpful answers.
    – J.R.
    Commented Dec 11, 2016 at 0:04

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Nicknames are a form of pseudonym and may or may not include "the" in the nickname, it depends what is intended by the nickname, also a nickname does not need to be a single word. but usually has some context or reason for a particular nickname. For example, in many situations one's nickname becomes the name one is socially known by

Top Drawer

and one's friends would simply use it as they would a given name

Ender, do you want to join us?
Hey Top Drawer, what are you drinking tonight?

In UK public school, traditionally one is addressed by one's surname as a form of nickname.

Using "the" would be a designation to make the nickname more of a title

He's known as The Ender.
"The Donald" is the new president elect in the US.

However, people would not usually use "The Ender" to directly address you, just as they would not use "The Alex", when speaking to you.

In your example, if you wrote your name as

Alex "The Ender" Gnatyuk

your nickname would be "The Ender", however if you wrote it

Alex "Ender" Gnatyuk
Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin Jr.

your nickname would be considers to be "Ender", and people might say

That guy is "Ender"
That guy is "Ender" Gnatyuk.

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