What does surname mean?

Definitions for surname
ˈsɜrˌneɪm; sɜrˈneɪmsur·name

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. surname, family name, cognomen, last name(noun)

    the name used to identify the members of a family (as distinguished from each member's given name)


  1. surname(Noun)

    A name that indicates to which family a person belongs, normally following that person's given name(s) in Western culture, and preceding it in Eastern.

  2. surname(Verb)

    To give a surname.

  3. surname(Verb)

    To call by a surname.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Surname(noun)

    a name or appellation which is added to, or over and above, the baptismal or Christian name, and becomes a family name

  2. Surname(noun)

    an appellation added to the original name; an agnomen

  3. Surname(verb)

    to name or call by an appellation added to the original name; to give a surname to

  4. Origin: [Pref. sur + name; really a substitution for OE. sournoun, from F. surnom. See Sur-, and Noun, Name.]


  1. Surname

    A surname is a name added to a given name and is part of a personal name. In many cases, a surname is a family name and many dictionaries define "surname" as a synonym of "family name". In the western hemisphere, it is commonly synonymous with "last name", since it is usually placed at the end of a person's given name. In most Hispanophone and Lusophone countries, two or more last names may be used. In Russia, China, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Madagascar, Vietnam, parts of India and in many other East Asian countries, the family name is placed before a person's given name. The style of having both a family name and a given name is far from universal. In many countries it is common for ordinary people to have only one name or mononym. The concept of a 'surname' is a relatively recent historical development, evolving from a medieval naming practice called a 'byname'. Based on an individual's occupation or area of residence, a byname would be used in situations where more than one person had the same name.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Surname

    sur′nām, n. a name over and above the Christian name: the family name.—v.t. to call by a surname.—adj. Surnom′inal. [Formed from Fr. sur—L. super, over and above, and Eng. name, on the analogy of Fr. sur-nom.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of surname in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of surname in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of surname in a Sentence

  1. Keiko Fujimori:

    In 2021, there will be no (presidential) candidate with the Fujimori surname.

  2. Maria Grazia Chiuri:

    It gives me great joy to be here tonight to honor Maria Grazia and Chiuri and Pierpaolo .?.?. Oh, I don’t know how to say your surname, it’s so difficult.

Images & Illustrations of surname

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