family name

the hereditary surname of a family.
a given name frequently used in a family.
Example Sentences for family name
If potential new leaders are easy to identify, it is usually because of their family name or record of political struggle.
Her family name was familiar to me, but the story was not.
Always state your family name and the name of the meeting.
British Dictionary definitions for family name
family name
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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Encyclopedia Article for family name

name added to a "given" name, in many cases inherited and held in common by members of a family. Originally, many surnames identified a person by his connection with another person, usually his father (Johnson, MacDonald); others gave his residence (Orleans, York, Atwood [i.e., living at the woods]) or occupation (Weaver, Hooper, Taylor). A surname could also be descriptive of a person's appearance (Little, Red) or his exploits (Armstrong).

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