family name


Definition of family name 

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Synonyms for family name


last name, surname

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Examples of family name in a Sentence

Her family name is Smith. many women today do not change their family name when they marry

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The eight Ellington families named in the lawsuit are asking the court to void the notices. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "D.C.’s Ellington families sue city following investigation that found widespread enrollment fraud.," 21 May 2018 Facebook's system automatically associated the word with the former presidents of that family name, flagging them as political and blocking them, pending verification of the advertiser's identity. Sarah Frier, Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook’s algorithm blocks ads for Bush’s beans, singers named Clinton," 3 July 2018 The two most vocal opponents facing Pence in the race, Lamb and Stephen MacKenzie, both accuse Pence of ducking discussion to coast on his family name, and raise concerns about his troubled business record. Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post, "Mike Pence’s brother is running for Congress. Religious conservatives like Mike, but will they vote for Greg?," 4 May 2018 With more than a billion dollars to the family name, there's no shortage of those going around., "Kim Kardashian West Argues That Her Family Is "Self Made" — Here's Why," 13 July 2018 And even without the family name on the door, Fountain on Fourth certainly has the makings to cause a buzz. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Liquor-infused ice cream shop (with ties to Ehrler's!) opens downtown," 6 July 2018 Albert Cesare/The Enquirer, Cincinnati Enquirer Rodney Pollitt Sr. says his family name died in a two-car crash on a winding Kenton County road last fall. Jennie Key,, "Grandfather who lost his family in Pollitt crash: 'They should both be on trial'," 25 June 2018 Kim Kardashian West, despite giving the family name some recognition, opted to side with her husband and his cousins against her mother, grandmother, sisters Khloe and Kendall, her cousin and best friend. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Celebrity Family Feud' put the Kardashians and Wests against each other and things got heated," 10 June 2018 The lawsuit from the victims' families names both bartender Lindsey Glass and the bar as defendants. CBS News, "Plano mass shooting: Chilling report reveals bartenders' actions before massacre," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of family name

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of family name was in 1646

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English Language Learners Definition of family name

: the name shared by the people in a family

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evasion of direct action or statement

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