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Meaning of SURNAME

Pronunciation:  'sur`neym

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the name used to identify the members of a family (as distinguished from each member's given name)

SURNAME is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: cognomen, family name, last name
 See Also: maiden name, name



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sur"name`\, n. [Pref. sur + name; really a substitution
    for OE. sournoun, from F. surnom. See {Sur-}, and {Noun},
    1. A name or appellation which is added to, or over and
       above, the baptismal or Christian name, and becomes a
       family name.
    Note: Surnames originally designated occupation, estate,
          place of residence, or some particular thing or event
          that related to the person; thus, Edmund Ironsides;
          Robert Smith, or the smith; William Turner. Surnames
          are often also patronymics; as, John Johnson.
    2. An appellation added to the original name; an agnomen.
       ``My surname, Coriolanus.'' --Shak.
    Note: This word has been sometimes written sirname, as if it
          signified sire-name, or the name derived from one's
  2. \Sur*name"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Surnamed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Surnaming}.] [Cf. F. surnommer.]
    To name or call by an appellation added to the original name;
    to give a surname to.
          Another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord,
          and surname himself by the name of Israel. --Isa. xliv.
          And Simon he surnamed Peter.             --Mark iii.