family name

noun

Definition of family name

Synonyms for family name

Synonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of family name in a Sentence

Her family name is Smith. many women today do not change their family name when they marry
Recent Examples on the Web Inside America’s Black Upper Class and starred Yaya DaCosta as Angela Vaughn, a single mother who set out to reclaim her family name but discovered a dark secret about her own mother’s past. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2022 Rosenberger was offered a choice: a luxury version of the Volkswagen Beetle or a Porsche 356, the first sports car under the family name, designed by Porsche's son, Ferry. David De Jong, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Downstairs, his estranged wife plots the restoration of the family name. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 18 Mar. 2022 This idea of shadow and light is a play on this family name. Rica Cerbarano, Vogue, 17 Mar. 2022 By others, the town was named for the many settlers with the family name White (more than 100) who moved to the county in the 1870s. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Jan. 2022 The Marcos family has spent the decades since losing power rehabilitating the family name. Aurora Almendral, Quartz, 4 May 2022 The president’s son, Hunter, and the president’s brother Jim have made a living from trafficking on their family name and political connections. Rich Lowry, National Review, 5 Apr. 2022 The tycoons stood to benefit from association with the Biden family name while their money allowed Hunter Biden to maintain a globe-trotting lifestyle, the Journal has reported. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'family name.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of family name

1646, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About family name

Time Traveler for family name

Time Traveler

The first known use of family name was in 1646

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near family name

family man

family name

family of nations

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for family name

Last Updated

22 Jun 2022

Cite this Entry

“Family name.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/family%20name. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on family name

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about family name

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!