family name

noun

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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 The family name decorates a welcome center for motorists on Interstate 95. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Joe Biden Keeps Everyone Guessing On Wall Street Regulation," 13 Oct. 2020 Troy thinks Jade may now be feeling some of that same pressure, between the weight of the family name, college around the corner and the rise of both Tristan and Tess. Joshua Iversen, The Arizona Republic, "Dalbey swimmers living up to father's Olympic legacy for Chaparral," 10 Oct. 2020 Local legend has it that Eddie and Alex wrote the family name in wet cement on the curb, which is still visible. Beth Harris, chicagotribune.com, "Memorials grow in Eddie Van Halen’s adopted hometown," 10 Oct. 2020 Payson • Ryan Rowley’s orchards occupy a special piece of Utah where elevation, soils and topography collude to create an ideal environment for growing fruit, especially the tart cherries that have long been associated with the family name. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Can gravel mining and world-class cherry orchards coexist in Utah?," 4 Oct. 2020 The wealth and family name are a circumstance of birth, as are many of the opportunities that accompany being the heir to one of the largest grocery store chains in the country. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "More than a name: Peter Meijer faces Hillary Scholten in competitive west Michigan race," 2 Oct. 2020 Zuckerberg burned his bridge with Erica by blogging hateful comments about her following their split, making snide remarks about her family name and bra size. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "'The Social Network' turns 10: The 10 most iconic lines from Facebook's cinematic origin story," 1 Oct. 2020 Markey invoked the Kennedy family name in campaign speeches leading up to Tuesday. Eleanor Watson, CBS News, "Ed Markey beats Joe Kennedy III in hotly contested Massachusetts Senate primary," 2 Sep. 2020 But before the house, and even before John Bruning’s birth in 1872, there was the restaurant bearing his family name. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Washed-away Bruning restaurant and family home live on in memory, film and at SoFab," 1 Sep. 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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19 Oct 2020

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“Family name.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/family%20name. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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family name

noun

English Language Learners Definition of family name

: the name shared by the people in a family

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