Is there a single English word that describes the geographic place and time of a person's birth?
My real question is how do I express where I was born at a particular time in history with a single word.

  • Why would you want or need to do this? – Kit Z. Fox Feb 14 '14 at 1:24
  • There are some specific examples, such as *He was an Elizibethan. But this merely an example of, and not a a generic term for the concept. – bib Feb 14 '14 at 13:17
  • Besides any answer below, I add another example, which could be "Nativity". Of course, that's only if you are Jesus Christ. However, the could be a useful example, depending on what your goal is. For example, if you're writing fiction, you could name an event after a person's birth if that person was supposedly sufficiently important (similar to how the midnight of January 1, 1970, which Unix users have named "epoch", though that particular example doesn't mention the place). – TOOGAM Nov 22 '15 at 17:50
  • 'Birth coordinates' is what they use, translated, in European languages, but not really in English. – Mitch Nov 22 '15 at 18:45

I doubt there is any such word. Natal time and Natal place are two different elements and not often combined. Only horoscopes use both that I know of, and if they have one term it might well be considered jargon.


No. They are two different concepts and cannot be described with a single word. The shortest can be

I was born on 12/12/1800 in Oxford.


Setting seems to be a general term used to specify both time and place, but not specifically for birth.

  • I don't think Setting defines a time at all. And usually it is just describing what is in the location, not where it is. For example, the "setting" for a scene in a play tells where the furniture is, not its GPS location. – Oldcat Feb 14 '14 at 17:40
  • That's why I said "seems to" and "general". Setting does take into account a both time and place. There is no one-word phrase that exactly depicts time to the millisecond and place to the degree, minute, and second. – Mickael Caruso Feb 14 '14 at 20:07

Following on from earlier contributions, I suggest 'natality.'

  • No. natality means birthrate, not time and place. – bib Feb 14 '14 at 13:14
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    Agreed, just as 'mortality' means death rate. Still, I am reminded of my own mortality. – user65809 Feb 14 '14 at 15:59

In English, following an olde tradition we use an ISO 8601 timestamp with a UTC timezone offset. That indicates the time and date, and narrows your birthplace down to one timezone, which is good enough for most uses. This also has the advantage of reducing North-South discrimination.


Origin. My origin was Germany on such-and-such a date. It does tend to strongly suggest a location, more than it does time. For time, it may need a little help (like the word "on", as shown, or "at"), but if you mention a time, people will understand you mean your birth time because of the word "origin".

  • 'Origin' only refers to place. – Mitch Nov 22 '15 at 18:43
  • as the OP wants a term that also refers to time – Ben Nov 22 '15 at 20:40

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