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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Ryan is Dallas-born and bred, and her family (Capera is a family name also) has deep roots in Fort Worth. Dallas News, "The Auction Whisperer: For Dallas' Capera Ryan, friendship comes before the handshake," 1 Aug. 2019 Sponsors will receive free race entries and their company logo or family name will be printed on the race t-shirt. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Registration opens for 2019 Harvest Green OutRun Hunger 5K," 18 July 2019 Our family name, Ramirez, is the same name of these unfortunates who did not make it across the river. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: We must see the human cost of the crisis at the border (6/29/19)," 30 June 2019 An official in jeans and a T-shirt, who only gave her family name Xi, said about 10 people come in each day. Bloomberg,, "China's trial program to rate citizens on public behavior is a bureaucratic mess," 21 June 2019 Some people have commissioned phrases with personal meaning; others have had their spheres etched with family names, house names, latitude and longitude, or distances to significant destinations. Washington Post, "RIGHT AT HOME: Outdoor decor that’s ‘out there’ and edgy," 19 June 2019 Multiple news outlets and social media posts from what appear to be family name Elijah Al-Amin as the stabbing victim. Aubrey Carpenter, azcentral, "#JusticeforElijah trends on Twitter for Peoria teen killed for listening to rap music," 8 July 2019 Mountbatten-Windsor has functioned as the royal family's surname since 1960 when Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip combined their family names. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Reason Behind the Royal Baby's Name and Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Picked It," 8 May 2019 In 1917, her father, Jack Oshman, founded the sporting goods chain that carried the family name. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "The epic tale of the House of the Century, the trippy Texas icon that defies polite description," 12 July 2019

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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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