last name


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His first name is John and his last name is Smith. please write your first name, middle initial, and last name at the top of the form
Recent Examples on the Web But Knowles-Lawson doesn't spell her last name the same way as her other relatives do. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Beyoncé's mom, Tina, recalls how a racist birth certificate change created the star's name," 16 Sep. 2020 An earlier version of this article incorrectly spelled his last name on subsequent references. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Israel Plans Curfews and School Closures to Stem a Surge in Coronavirus Infections," 7 Sep. 2020 His last name is spelled Dais in some court and police documents. Washington Post, "Local digest: Man killed, another injured in D.C. shootings," 27 Aug. 2020 Their daughter, Linda, who requested that her last name not be published, says her parents complained they were neglected at the home, their calls for assistance going unanswered for hours. Sean Campbell, ProPublica, "CareOne Nursing Homes Said They Could Safely Take More COVID-19 Patients. But Death Rates Soared.," 13 Aug. 2020 In June, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association agreed on a deal that would allow players to replace their last name on the back of jerseys with social justice messages, CBS Sports reported. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "American Airlines allows crew to wear Black Lives Matter pin on uniforms," 8 Sep. 2020 One Han Chinese woman with the last name of Wang posted photos of herself drinking traditional Chinese medicine in front of a medical worker in full protective gear. Dake Kang, Anchorage Daily News, "In China’s Xinjiang, forced medication accompanies lockdown," 31 Aug. 2020 The last name of Kenosha, Wis., Mayor John Antaramian was misspelled as Antamarian in some editions Wednesday in a U.S. News article about unrest in the city. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 28 Aug. 2020 An article on Friday about President Trump’s attacks on former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. during a trip to Pennsylvania misspelled the last name of a voter in Pennsylvania. New York Times, "Corrections: Aug. 25, 2020," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of last name

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of last name was in 1897

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23 Sep 2020

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“Last name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of last name

: the name that comes at the end of someone's full name

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