surname


surname
[[t]sɜ͟ː(r)neɪm[/t]]
surnames
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Your surname is the name that you share with other members of your family. In English speaking countries and many other countries it is your last name.

She'd never known his surname...

The majority of British women adopt their husband's surname when they marry.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Surname — Sur*name , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Surnamed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Surnaming}.] [Cf. F. surnommer.] To name or call by an appellation added to the original name; to give a surname to. [1913 Webster] Another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Surname — Sur name , n. [Pref. sur + name; really a substitution for OE. sournoun, from F. surnom. See {Sur }, and {Noun}, {Name}.] 1. A name or appellation which is added to, or over and above, the baptismal or Christian name, and becomes a family name.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • surname — early 14c., name, title, or epithet added to a person s name, from sur above (see SUR (Cf. sur )) + NAME (Cf. name); modeled on Anglo Fr. surnoun surname (early 14c.), variant of O.Fr. surnom, from sur over + nom name. An O.E. wor …   Etymology dictionary

  • surname — [sʉr′nām΄] n. [ME < sur (see SUR 1) + name, infl. by earlier surnoun < OFr surnom < sur + nom < L nomen,NAME] 1. the family name, or last name, as distinguished from a given name 2. a name or epithet added to a person s given name (Ex …   English World dictionary

  • surname — index call (title) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • surname — [n] family name cognomen, last name, matronymic, metronymic, patronymic; concepts 268,683 …   New thesaurus

  • surname — ► NOUN ▪ a hereditary name common to all members of a family, as distinct from a forename …   English terms dictionary

  • Surname — Not to be confused with Suriname. A surname is a name added to a given name and is part of a personal name. In many cases, a surname is a family name. Many dictionaries define surname as a synonym of family name . In some Western countries, it is …   Wikipedia

  • surname — n. /serr naym /; v. /serr naym , serr naym /, n., v., surnamed, surnaming. n. 1. the name that a person has in common with other family members, as distinguished from a Christian name or given name; family name. 2. a name added to a person s name …   Universalium

  • surname — noun (esp. BrE) ADJECTIVE ▪ double barrelled (BrE) ▪ common ▪ Rossi is a common surname in Italy. VERB + SURNAME ▪ bear, have …   Collocations dictionary