family name


Definition of family name 

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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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Howard Bradley is now the last remaining heir of the family name and the business, which has continued as a specialist dry cleaners in Milton Keynes, north of London. Lauren Said-moorhouse, CNN, "WWII cash hoard found under floor of Churchill's tailor," 8 June 2018 Barrett uses his mother’s maiden name in place of his surname after a childhood of being bullied for his family name, Gay, according to the Houston Chronicle. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Texas school superintendent ‘shoved my head in the urinal,’ man says at board meeting | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 Mar. 2018 His official Facebook page has more than 18,000 followers. Quasimodo's temporary foster family named him after the protagonist in the movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame, adapted from the novel by Victor Hugo. Maria Carter, Country Living, "This Lovable Hunchback Pup Needs a Forever Family," 30 Jan. 2016 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

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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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