verb (used with object), sur·named, sur·nam·ing.
Examples from the Web for surname
Lemieux is a French-Canadian surname which means “The Best.”
Satisfied, but not content, Gold strives to live up to her surname, as well as stamp it on the long list of American greats.Figure Skater Gracie Gold Is America’s Darling in Sochi|Kevin Fixler|February 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Among those officials-turned-entrepreneurs is the British-based Mehdi Shamszadeh, normally uses the surname Shams.Turkey And Iran Accused Of Oil-For-Cash Sanctions Scheme|Jamie Dettmer|December 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
However this Maidan is not about the surname of this next president.
He will be the winner of the presidential election no matter what his surname is.
He built convents and churches, and never went out without an alms-bag or kalita to give money to the poor; hence his surname.The Story of Russia|R. Van Bergen, M.A.
Antiochus had already been so successful as to have gained the surname of 'the Great,' and was now aiming at universal dominion.Plutarch's Lives, Volume II|Aubrey Stewart & George Long
She spoke the surname without accent on any syllable—Odonohoo.Dust of the Desert|Robert Welles Ritchie
For his sake Gopinath stole the kshir and got the surname of "kshir-stealer."Chaitanya's Life And Teachings|Krishna das Kaviraja
From this horrible draught, swallowed in the ecstasy of triumph, Kau-ulu-fonua earned his surname of Fekai (the Cannibal).Savage Island|Basil C. Thomson
British Dictionary definitions for surname
Word Origin for surname
Word Origin and History for surname
early 14c., "name, title, or epithet added to a person's name," from sur "above" (see sur-) + name (n.); modeled on Anglo-French surnoun "surname" (early 14c.), variant of Old French surnom, from sur "over" + nom "name."
An Old English word for this was freonama, literally "free name." Meaning "family name" is first found late 14c. Hereditary surnames existed among Norman nobility in England in early 12c., among common people began to be used 13c., increasingly frequent until near universal by end of 14c. The process was later in the north of England than the south. The verb is attested from 1540s.