last name


Definition of last name 

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Synonyms for last name


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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Saturday's sartorial moment is not the first time Hailey has worn her new last name since making her marital status Insta-official earlier this month. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Justin and Hailey Bieber Wore Matching Jerseys at a Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Game," 25 Nov. 2018 George, Charlotte, and Louis are the offspring of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, thus why their last name differs. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "What Will Prince Harry and Meghan's Baby's Surname Be? A Complete Surprise, Possibly," 23 Oct. 2018 Helen—her last name remains unknown—has been conspicuously absent from the #PlaneBae saga after its initial publication, seemingly resisting the Warholian tug of the American media. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "#PlaneBae and the Slow Death of Whimsy," 6 July 2018 His first sobriquet was Prince Cartier, a twist on his last name, but also indicative of a budding interest in fashion and luxury brands. Ben Detrick, New York Times, "Playboi Carti Conquers the Paris Runway," 29 June 2018 Bob, like Clay, has asked not to have his last name published. Katrine Jo Andersen, The New Republic, "Rejected by A.A.," 27 June 2018 Owen Sharts, Pitcher, Simi Valley (California) High School Owen probably got teased about his last name quite a bit in middle school. Staff,, "Nine Innings: The Indians' Surprisingly Bad Bullpen, the State of the NL West and Culberson's Magic," 4 June 2018 The company’s business registration activity matches the launch of, a new store selling goods emblazoned with the president’s last name which announced its launch in early November 2017. Steve Reilly, USA TODAY, "Trump's company won't say what the president's new $107K business is, so we went looking to find out," 24 May 2018 Cheryl Hart shares the same last name but said she's not related to the family. CBS News, "Hart family crash: Mom sent text at 3 a.m. days before SUV plunge, friend says," 11 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of last name

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

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