A true name, to my limited understanding, is a concept of a name(s)/phrase specific to one person/being that gives the speaker power over the person the true name belongs to. It is a semi-popular concept in media, but not often used. I was wonder which cultures/Mythologies this came from.

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    As a youngster, my first exposure to this was in A Wizard of Earthsea (Le Guin). But I'm hard pressed to think of examples in mythological canons. Certainly there are characters in disguise, who give false names, but knowledge of the true name does not confer mystical power over the subject so much as temporal power, it seems to me. But I could be mistaken... – DukeZhou Apr 24 '18 at 21:50
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    @DukeZhou A common concept with daemons is that using their true name binds them or give the orator control of the said daemon (although this is also movie and novel related). Also in Egyptian mythology Isis created a serpent to poison Ra and only gave him the antidote when he revealed his true name to her. Isis passed this name on to Horus, bolstering his royal authority. – Tom Apr 9 at 17:37
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    @DukeZhou That, and Rumplestiltskin. – Spencer Apr 19 at 13:30

I believe Hindu gods were not allowed to say their names or tell anyone else what their real name is

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    You believe ? Do you have any evidence to back this up? – Chenmunka Jul 13 at 17:13
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