American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A woman's family name before she is married. Used of a surname that is replaced by a woman when she marries. Also called birth name.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. the surname of a woman before her marriage.
- n. a woman's surname before marriage
“I never can recollect that I heard her mention the family name of her grandmother; but her own maiden name was Nommesen.”
“I wrote down Flip's last name and made a note to find out her grandmother's maiden name and check to see if she was living anywhere near Marydale, Ohio, in 1921, and went down to Supply.”
“Her maiden name was Linda Mooneyham and she was just seventeen at the time Lance was born.”
“When the reporter asked Elizabeth for her name, I quickly cut in with “Her name is Elizabeth Sherman,” using her maiden name as a dodge.”
“He says that Polzelli's maiden name was Moreschi [which, being interpreted, is “Moor,” a name once given to Haydn]; she was a mezzo-soprano, who played secondary roles in the operas.”
“My maiden name is Nash, and my father was Colonel Roderick Nash.”
“JOH.SON, Elizabeth (Dr. Johnson's wife, H. Porter's widow, maiden name Jarvis or Jervis), i. 86, n.”
“ This may be Elizabeth Wormeley, widow of John Wormeley (1689-1727) whose maiden name is unknown.”
“The magazine was begun in 1883, and had been edited by Mrs. Cyrus H.K. Curtis, for six years, under her maiden name of Louisa K.app, before Bok undertook its editorship.”
““Fitting,” said Mrs. Richard Morgan, whose maiden name was Lock.”
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