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family name

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noun
  1. the hereditary surname of a family.
  2. 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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Examples from the Web for family name

Historical Examples

  • His name was my family-name; he was tall and youthful, like my Captain.

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    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.


British Dictionary definitions for family name

family name

noun
  1. a surname, esp when regarded as representing the family honour
  2. a first or middle name frequently used in a family, often originally a surname
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