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last name

noun
1.
surname (def 1).
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
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British Dictionary definitions for last name

last name

noun
1.
another term for surname (sense 1)
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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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