surname

noun
sur·​name | \ ˈsər-ˌnām \

Definition of surname

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an added name derived from occupation or other circumstance : nickname sense 1
2 : the name borne in common by members of a family

surname

verb
surnamed; surnaming; surnames

Definition of surname (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give a surname to

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Synonyms for surname

Synonyms: Noun

family name, last name

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Examples of surname in a Sentence

Noun

judging from your surname, I'd guess that your family is Italian “da Vinci” was Leonardo's surname but not his family name, Vinci being the town near Florence where the great artist was born

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The diamond chain features bubble-like writing, personalized to feature her brand new surname. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey Baldwin's New Necklace Will Inspire You to Shop Personalized Jewelry," 25 Nov. 2018 Kate Middleton's official title is Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, as listed under the name and surname part of the birth certificate. Lyndsey Matthews, Town & Country, "How Prince Louis's Birth Certificate Compares to Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s," 1 May 2018 As with Prince George Alexander Louis, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, and Prince Louis Arthur Charles, most royals are given at least 3 names, but are not required to have a surname. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Will Meghan Markle And Prince Harry’s Baby Be Born At Home? Plus, Other Bizarre Royal Birthing Rules," 15 Oct. 2018 In one, pundits were 126% more likely to use a surname when talking about male, as opposed to female, politicians on talk shows. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Male scientists are far more likely to be referred to by their last names, impacting status and awards," 25 June 2018 Write to Richard Rubin at richard.rubin@wsj.com and Laura Saunders at laura.saunders@wsj.com Corrections & Amplifications An earlier version of this article misspelled the surname of reporter Laura Saunders as Sanders. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Treasury Softens Parking-Tax Hit for Churches, Nonprofits," 10 Dec. 2018 The Queen's granddaughter is also expected to keep her royal title and has the option to take her husband's surname, making her HRH Princess Eugenie Brooksbank, according to the BBC. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Why It's No Surprise Princess Eugenie's Fiancé Jack Brooksbank Won't Receive a Royal Title," 24 July 2018 An earlier version of this article incorrectly spelled his surname. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "U.S. Sanctions Bring Kremlin, Russian Oligarchs Closer Together," 29 Nov. 2018 The charity was founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who started the news agency bearing his surname. Kelli Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "Parkland shooting survivors win Children’s Peace Prize," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of surname

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of surname was in the 14th century

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surname

noun

English Language Learners Definition of surname

: the name that is shared by the people in a family

surname

noun
sur·​name | \ ˈsər-ˌnām \

Kids Definition of surname

: the name that comes at the end of someone's full name James Smith's surname is Smith.

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