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  • n. Plural form of surname.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of surname.


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  • The official total of permitted surnames is 161, but this doesn't do much to offset the fact that there are now 93 million Wangs in China - albeit very tiny wangs - something which is causing the authorities a bit of a problem.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • Little things like missing hyphens, common in Hispanic surnames or Haitian first names, are enough to have a person's registration denied. ...

    'Daily Voting News' For December 13, 2007

  • I notice that the negroes seldom or never take the names of their present owners in adopting their "entitles," as they call their surnames, but always that of some former master, and they go as far back as possible.

    The war-time journal of a Georgia girl, 1864-1865,

  • And then there are the mysteries of Latin surnames to share, so it’s a nice cross cultural activity.

    F is for First Lessons « An A-Z of ELT

  • I don't think any of my surnames are as interesting.

    Sorry, Grandma

  • The thing is, the surnames are apparently acceptable in the United Kingdom but potentially "dirty" in American English.

    Sorry, Grandma

  • Dave at OakvilleBlackWalnut noticed a request for volunteers to administer RootsWeb message boards for certain surnames.

    Sorry, Grandma

  • The article that you linked to includes this myth that just won't die: Demographers pointed to more than one factor in explaining the increase in Hispanic surnames.

    A Surge in Spanish Surnames

  • In ancient times no such appellations as those now termed surnames were given to individuals.

    Exposition of the Apostles Creed

  • It also occurs in Cajun surnames like Boudreaux, Thibodeaux, Simoneaux and Robicheaux.

    NYT > Home Page


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  • See Prideaux. We even have components of hyphenated-surnames listed as discrete words, at least vexample-wise :-(

    November 22, 2009

  • Their inclusion in the databse is more understandable than Internet usernames, but to my mind they still make random word searches less appealing.

    November 21, 2009