last name


Definition of last name

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family name, surname

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Examples of last name in a Sentence

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

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Gulzia, an ethnic Kazakh woman who didn’t want her last name used out of fear of retribution, said that cameras were being installed everywhere, even in cemeteries, in late 2017. Dake Kang, The Seattle Times, "Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state," 20 Feb. 2019 Maybe in 2019 though, women character’s came have last names? Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," 15 Feb. 2019 Wisconsin murder suspect Jake Patterson’s last name was incorrectly given as Peterson in one reference in an U.S. News article on Tuesday about the abduction of a 13-year-old girl. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 15 Jan. 2019 Uchis wrapped up her Australian tour yesterday by posing in a garden wearing a semi-sheer, boned corset and a golden belt wrapped around her waist that spelled out her last name in large letters. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Will Personal Branding Replace the Logo Trend? Kali Uchis Says Yes," 14 Jan. 2019 In 2006, Laura Krantz, at the time an NPR reporter based in D.C., read an article about the quirky anthropologist who shared her last name. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Science Meets Legend: The Story of Our Search for Bigfoot," 8 Oct. 2018 Players are listed in order of position first (nine pitchers, two catchers, four infielders, three outfielders and nine utility players), then by their last names. Jim Derry,, "2018 | The Times-Picayune All-Metro Baseball Team and past winners," 25 May 2018 The genealogist ultimately helped turn up the suspect’s last name, prompting authorities to look closer. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "The Golden State Killer case was cracked with a genealogy website. What does that mean for genetic privacy?," 26 Apr. 2018 Devonta, Jermiah, and Ciera Davis, three children living in Houston, Texas, under the care of their mother, Sherry Hurd, and her boyfriend, Nathaniel Davis, whose last name the children took on even before the couple married in 2010. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 6: "Beautiful Black Boys"," 15 Jan. 2019

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1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of last name was in 1897

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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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