un-surnamed

surname

[n. sur-neym; v. sur-neym, sur-neym]
noun
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, as one indicating a circumstance of birth or some characteristic or achievement; epithet.
verb (used with object), surnamed, surnaming.
3.
to give a surname to; call by a surname.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English (noun); see sur-1, name; modeled on Old French surnom

unsurnamed, adjective
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surname (ˈsɜːˌneɪm)
 
n
1.  last name, Also called: second name a family name as opposed to a first or Christian name
2.  (formerly) a descriptive epithet attached to a person's name to denote a personal characteristic, profession, etc; nickname
 
vb
3.  (tr) to furnish with or call by a surname
 
[C14: via Anglo-French from Old French surnom. See sur-1, name]
 
'surnamer
 
n

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surname
early 14c., "name, title, or epithet added to a person's name," from sur "above" + name; modeled on Anglo-Fr. surnoun "surname" (early 14c.), variant of O.Fr. surnom, from sur "over" + nom "name." Meaning "family name" is first found late 14c. Hereditary surnames existed among
Norman nobility in England in early 12c., among common people began to be used 13c., increasingly frequent until near universal by end of 14c. The process was later in the north of England than the south. The verb is attested from 1540s.
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