noun sur·name \ˈsər-ˌnām\

: the name that is shared by the people in a family

Full Definition of SURNAME

:  an added name derived from occupation or other circumstance :  nickname 1
:  the name borne in common by members of a family

Examples of SURNAME

  1. <judging from your surname, I'd guess that your family is Italian>
  2. <da Vinci was Leonardo's surname but not his family name, Vinci being the town near Florence where the great artist was born>

First Known Use of SURNAME

14th century


transitive verb

Definition of SURNAME

:  to give a surname to

First Known Use of SURNAME

15th century
SURNAME Defined for Kids


noun sur·name \ˈsər-ˌnām\

Definition of SURNAME for Kids

:  the name that comes at the end of someone's full name <James Smith's surname is Smith.>


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