family name

noun

Definition of family name

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Examples of family name in a Sentence

Her family name is Smith. many women today do not change their family name when they marry
Recent Examples on the Web The Marcos family has spent the decades since losing power rehabilitating the family name. Aurora Almendral, Quartz, 4 May 2022 The president’s son, Hunter, and the president’s brother Jim have made a living from trafficking on their family name and political connections. Rich Lowry, National Review, 5 Apr. 2022 The tycoons stood to benefit from association with the Biden family name while their money allowed Hunter Biden to maintain a globe-trotting lifestyle, the Journal has reported. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 Thich is an honorary family name used by Vietnamese monks and nuns. Arkansas Online, 23 Jan. 2022 Thich is an honorary family name used by Vietnamese monks and nuns. Seth Mydans, New York Times, 21 Jan. 2022 Unlike her husband Allen, who is willing to forsake his brothers to lead a more modern life in line with Brenda's upbringing, she's unabashedly attracted to his family name. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 29 Apr. 2022 The meat of the article was the claim that the younger Biden had traded inappropriately on his family name, up to the point of arranging meetings between his Ukrainian business associates and his father, while the latter was vice president. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 28 Apr. 2022 Plaques are like putting your family name on a lowrider. Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of family name

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of family name was in 1646

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Dictionary Entries Near family name

family man

family name

family of nations

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Last Updated

17 May 2022

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“Family name.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/family%20name. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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