family name


noun

the hereditary surname of a family.
a given name frequently used in a family.

Origin of family name

First recorded in 1690–1700
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British Dictionary definitions for family name

family name

noun

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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