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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After starring in the lead role of Jenna in Waitress, McPhee Foster is ready to not only go on the road with her husband but also take his last name. Tomás Mier,, "Katharine McPhee Says She's 'Extremely Proud' to Join Husband David Foster on Tour Next Year," 16 Sep. 2019 The attack on June 17 that wounded Abdul and his friends (his last name is being withheld to protect him from reprisals) also killed 30 people — eight of them children. Dionne Searcey, New York Times, "Boko Haram Is Back. With Better Drones.," 13 Sep. 2019 As a member of Narcotics Anonymous, Paul F. did not share his last name while speaking to people at Neil Good Day Center in downtown San Diego on Thursday morning. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Father Joe’s outreach program asks addicts ‘Are you done?’," 3 Sep. 2019 Will, who asked that his last name not be published to avoid harassment, told NBC News. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, "Older people are embracing video games. For some, that means stardom.," 29 Aug. 2019 An article in Friday editions misspelled his last name., "Newspaper corrections for Aug. 14, 2019," 13 Aug. 2019 Spouses or family members who don't share your last name are out of luck. Leora Arnowitz, USA TODAY, "Frontier Airlines will let you fly for free if you have this last name," 8 Aug. 2019 The staff has several former military members, said Austin, who asked that his last name not be used. Polo Sandoval, CNN, "People are back in Dayton's Oregon District after the deadly shooting," 6 Aug. 2019 Bob Hurley, one of the founders of the surf apparel company that bears his last name, said Lenny embodies positivity and is driven by curiosity. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "Three surfers and industry leaders leave their mark as new inductees in H.B.’s Surfers’ Hall of Fame," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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