last name

noun

Example Sentences

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 An earlier version of this article incorrectly spelled her last name as Mostafi. Melissa Korn, WSJ, 1 Dec. 2022 The protester and another, who gave only his last name, Zhao, confirmed the chants. Time, 27 Nov. 2022 The protester and another, who gave only his last name, Zhao, confirmed the chants. Dake Kang And Huizhong Wu, USA TODAY, 27 Nov. 2022 Though some still doubt that claim, his son changed his last name too. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2022 Lopez has since legally changed her last name to match her husband's, and the two are creating a blissful blended family with their respective children—Lopez is mom to twins Max and Emme, while Affleck is dad to Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Nov. 2022 At an attorney's table on Saturday afternoon in a small west Phoenix courtroom, 6-year-old Isaiah patiently waited to take on his new last name. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 19 Nov. 2022 The family snuck out of the country in the early nineteen-twenties and made their way to Syracuse, New York, changing their last name to Deren. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2022 Wearing orange jail clothing and with his right arm in a sling, DePape only spoke during his arraignment Tuesday to tell Judge Diane Northway how to pronounce his last name (dih-PAP’). Stafanie Dazio, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of last name was in 1897

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“Last name.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/last%20name. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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