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- n. See surname.
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- n. A surname.
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- n. the name used to identify the members of a family (as distinguished from each member's given name)
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I never can recollect that I heard her mention the family name of her grandmother; but her own maiden name was Nommesen.
It was a favorite name in England, and evoked the sweetest measures of the poet Waller; and has ever been, probably from this circumstance, a family name among the Wallers of Virginia.
Hinchinbrook (from his course Cook could not see the channel and did not realise that he was bestowing a name upon an island) commemorates the family seat of the Montagus; Cape Sandwich (the north-east point of Hinchinbrook) the older title, and Dunk Isle the family name of the distinguished friend of the great discoverer of lands.
The later career of Montraville, as we obtain glimpses of it in "Lucy Temple," published more than thirty years after "Charlotte Temple," and in which he appears under the new name of Colonel Franklin (Franklin being the family name of the woman whom Montraville is represented as having Married just before Charlotte died), accords somewhat closely with known facts in the life of Montrésor.
Charlotte Temple, a tale of truth; reprinted from the rare first American edition (1794), over twelve hundred errors in later editions being corected, and the preface restored; with an historical and biographical introduction, bibliography, etc., by Francis W. Halsey.
Interestingly, their family name came from the Scottish martyr Saint Clair, who was beheaded.
My metal and ornaments were also renewed in the style of a Zodangan gentleman, attached to the house of Ptor, which was the family name of my benefactors.
Then they began to look for a household with the family name of Hourvitz, and they found my father's.
"Boy is better, Mariam jan, they carry the family name -"
Sigurdsson was the family name of Harald Hardrada.
Even the family name provoked Islamists: “Pahlavi” derives from a language Persians spoke before the advent of Islam in the seventh century.