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family name

noun
1.
the hereditary surname of a family.
2.
a given name frequently used in a family.
Origin of family name
1690-1700
1690-1700
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  • The trade name translated into Portuguese became the family name.

    The German Element in Brazil Benjamin Franklin Schappelle
  • Her fancy for him passed without her ever having asked his family name.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • Those who regard this change of family name as mere vanity seem to me wide of the truth.

  • It is the drollest mode of assuming a family name I ever heard of.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • Why not take the advice and save Maxfield and the family name, and himself—ay, and Rosalind—from the discredit that threatened.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for family name

family name

noun
1.
a surname, esp when regarded as representing the family honour
2.
a first or middle name frequently used in a family, often originally a surname
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