the hereditary surname of a family.
a given name frequently used in a family.
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Origin of family name
First recorded in 1690–1700
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Historical Examples of family name
His name was my family-name; he was tall and youthful, like my Captain.Pages From an Old Volume of Life
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The writer considers the last-named forest to be that of Wede or Woden; and derives thence the family-name Weede.
a surname, esp when regarded as representing the family honour
a first or middle name frequently used in a family, often originally a surname
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