|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|
|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.|
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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