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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Staples Center: In the July 5 Business section, an article about a technology used at Staples Center to pull water from the air misspelled the last name of Lee Zeidman, president of Staples Center, Microsoft Theater and L.A. Live, as Seidman., "For the Record," 11 July 2018 However, because there was already a town in West Texas called Pomona or Pamona, the name was changed to Manvel, after last name of the president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway at the time. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "Test your knowledge of Pearland area history," 19 June 2018 Correction: The original version of this story misspelled the last name of one of the creators of the Rebel Girls podcast. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Tarana Burke Retells the Story of Harriet Tubman on the Rebel Girls Podcast," 5 June 2018 Correction: The spelling of the last name of NET Power's spokesperson, Walker Dimmig, has been corrected. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "In Texas, a new power plant could redefine carbon capture," 31 May 2018 An earlier version of this article misspelled the last name of one of the attorneys fighting McDonald’s. NBC News, "10 McDonald's workers file sex harassment claims," 22 May 2018 The headline and story refers to Earhart as Amelia Putnam, using the last name of her husband ,George Palmer Putnam, although the pilot did not use that name professionally., "May 22, 1932: Amelia Earhart flies solo across Atlantic," 22 May 2018 Our family was told that a barber with the last name of Arciniega owned the home. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, "Unique house on the grounds of San Antonio’s Alamodome hosts timely art installation," 12 May 2018 In the middle of the hopefuls stands Jesse from Maurice (the Saintsations do not release the last names of their members), a lone male surrounded by a squad of 50 women. Doug Maccash,, "51 Saintsations finalists include one man," 24 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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