the hereditary surname of a family.
a given name frequently used in a family.
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How to use family name in a sentence
Names appear in the database as they do in court documents, meaning that some follow the Western naming convention of first name followed by family name, and others appear with the family name first, as is standard in China.We built a database to understand the China Initiative. Then the government changed its records. | Eileen Guo, Jess Aloe, Karen Hao | December 2, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Beyond that, it’s not clear what his pitch to New Yorkers will be beyond that family name.2021 is probably less-fertile terrain for a celebrity governor than 2003 was | Philip Bump | April 8, 2021 | Washington Post
The note, which the New York Times published Monday, described how “embarrassing” he is to the family name and accused him of turning his back on Christian principles.Political divisions are increasingly stronger than family bonds | Eugene Scott | February 17, 2021 | Washington Post
Today, the artist’s studio is closed to visitors at the Richmond museum that bears his family name — the Valentine.Richmond sculptor Edward Valentine created many of the statues that defined Lost Cause mythology. Now his family’s museum is confronting the legacy. | Gregory S. Schneider | January 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Those family names may sound odd, but their members include some commonly known types.Some deep-seafloor microbes still alive after 100 million years! | Carolyn Gramling | September 1, 2020 | Science News For Students
Then they wrote her name on the coffin in gold letters and added the family name.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her | The Brothers Grimm | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In traditional Japanese style, the family name is listed first.Mysteries Continue to Swirl Around the Identity of Bitcoin’s Creator | Jake Adelstein | March 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But Langley Fox, his 24-year-old great grand-daughter, is proving you can make it sans the glamorous family name.
His family name lives in infamy as it adorns the plaza where Kennedy was shot.
Others around the room stressed that the Mubarak family name had afforded them no privileges.Hosni Mubarak Relatives Divided as Egyptians Take Stands on Historic Presidential Election | Dan Ephron | May 23, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
He likened the celebrated Theophile to a calf, because Theophile's family name was Viaud, something resembling veau (a calf).A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
I wanted in some way to have my family name connected with it, and yet not so distinctly as to be suggestive, either.Joyce's Investments | Fannie E. Newberry
The family name became extinct, and the homestead of seven or eight generations passed into the hands of one bearing another name.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
I liked the way you shut up Judge Tuttle about your family name.Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman | Emma Speed Sampson
The family name depends wery much upon you, Samivel, and I hope you'll do wot's right by it.The Pickwick Papers | Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for 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
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