- 1A hereditary name common to all members of a family, as distinct from a given name.
- 1.1 • archaic A name, title, or epithet added to a person’s name, especially one indicating their birthplace or a particular quality or achievement: by his successes there, he acquired the surname of “the African.”More example sentences
- Not long after their arrival there, Mateo was referred to by another title - his surname changed from Ortega to DiBaena, in reference to their home town.
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- Give a surname to: Eddie Penham, so aptly surnamed, had produced a hand-painted sign for usMore example sentences
- One citizen, surnamed Xie, said he was driving along Hutai Lu at midnight on December 10 last year and stopped at a red light.
- A man in his 50s surnamed Wang spent three days in one agency.
- One of the two victims, a man surnamed Jin, was rescued.
Middle English: partial translation of Anglo-Norman French surnoun, suggested by medieval Latin supernomen.