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family name

the hereditary surname of a family.
a given name frequently used in a family.
Origin of family name
First recorded in 1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The trade name translated into Portuguese became the family name.

    The German Element in Brazil Benjamin Franklin Schappelle
  • I don't know the name of any cameras, except that their family name is legion.

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • Those who regard this change of family name as mere vanity seem to me wide of the truth.

  • Was it not to preserve his family name without a spot or blemish?

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • 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

a surname, esp when regarded as representing the family honour
a first or middle name frequently used in a family, often originally a surname
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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