family name

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  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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British Dictionary definitions for family name

family name

  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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