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maiden name

a woman's surname before her marriage.
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Origin of maiden name
1680-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • You will notice that in signing herself, the wife uses her Christian and married name, and the initial of her maiden name.

    Book of Etiquette Lillian Eichler
  • Since your brother was her first lover, you must know her maiden name.

  • Her maiden name was Long, and the shield shows us Mason impaling Long.

    Book-Plates William J. Hardy
  • May I ask, sir, why you are so interested in my age and my maiden name?

    A Successful Shadow Harlan Page Halsey
  • Lillian Wiggin, that was her maiden name—had two brothers and one sister, all living in Philadelphia and all married at this time.

    The Financier Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for maiden name

maiden name

a woman's surname before marriage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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