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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
Recent Examples on the Web Ticolat was familiar with the family name—the Gulbenkians founded an eponymous museum in Lisbon and have been a fixture in European society for generations—but Angela was a stranger to him. May Jeong, Town & Country, "Inside the Art Scandal that Rocked European Society," 24 Jan. 2021 Wooten used to be on the Beebe football staff, and the field carries his family name. Wally Hall, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | WALLY HALL: Legislature has bigger issues than high school football," 16 Jan. 2021 Entry should include a photograph of the snowman with at least one of the builders in the photo for scale (families and groups in the pictures are welcomed), family name and address to verify residency. cleveland, "Time to submit entries for the Avon Lake snowman contest: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 5 Dec. 2020 His family name, however, has been known for quite some time. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Yes, General Booty is his real name — a name he wants to live up to as the next great QB to lead Allen to a state title," 10 Dec. 2020 Think of Simon and his beef with his dad and his hatred of his family name. Ineye Komonibo,, "A Double Hot Take On Bridgerton, Race & Romance," 29 Dec. 2020 In 1889, the inn was sold to Henry Kahler, a family name known in later years for its hotel in Rochester near Mayo Clinic. Curt Brown, Star Tribune, "Northfield mourns burned Archer hotel that reached back 143 years," 28 Nov. 2020 Some people identify themselves with full names, some just by family name, some with just their first name. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis photographer Scott Streble connects neighbors during the pandemic with new photo book," 21 Dec. 2020 Barnes, a successful business leader who retired as chief executive officer of a large manufacturing company that has borne his family name for more than 150 years, attended eight national GOP conventions through 2008. Russell Blair,, "Connecticut Politics Week in Review: Gov. Lamont says coronavirus vaccines arriving as early as Tuesday," 11 Dec. 2020

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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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10 Feb 2021

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“Family name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of family name

: the name shared by the people in a family

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