family name

noun

Examples of family name in a Sentence

Her family name is Smith. searched for their family name on a popular genealogy website
Recent Examples on the Web What follows is a genealogy of important Portuguese family names until 1975, when family member Pedro Brum da Silveira Pinto donated the estate to the representative of the Portuguese royal house, Dom Duarte Pio, and his brother, Dom Miguel de Bragança, Duke of Viseu. Ann Abel, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 The Carnahan family name is well-known and connected within Missouri politics. Kacen Bayless, Kansas City Star, 31 Jan. 2024 Yoni came to represent the highest level of sacrifice, and the family name became ubiquitous in Israel. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 14 Jan. 2024 Names were varied and creatively conceptualized, often inspired by the property’s physical appearance, a family name, local flora and fauna, topography, or region. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 26 Dec. 2023 From the moment Saba hits Georgian soil, the police look askance at his family name — a warrant is out for Dad for attempted murder, he’s told — and seize his passport. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2024 He is survived by his sisters, Victoria, Mia and Melody Brynner and Lark Bryner, who uses the original spelling of the family name. Clay Risen, New York Times, 25 Oct. 2023 But the group discovered that in the wake of abolition, the French government had ordered its administrators to assign each new citizen a family name, so the men at least could vote. Catherine Porter, New York Times, 25 Jan. 2024 The first true Porsche—the first to bear the family name—was built in 1948, after both Ferdinand and his son Ferry Porsche spent time in prison as war criminals, following their arrests in France in 1945. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 3 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of family name was in 1646

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“Family name.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/family%20name. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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