family name

fam·i·ly name
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fam-uh-lee, fam-lee neym]
    • /ˈfæm ə li, ˈfæm li neɪm/
    • /ˈfæməli neɪm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fam-uh-lee, fam-lee neym]
    • /ˈfæm ə li, ˈfæm li neɪm/

Definitions of family name words

  • noun family name the hereditary surname of a family. 1
  • noun family name a given name frequently used in a family. 1
  • noun family name surname, last name 1
  • countable noun family name Your family name is your surname. 0
  • noun family name a surname, esp when regarded as representing the family honour 0
  • noun family name a first or middle name frequently used in a family, often originally a surname 0

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Origin of family name

First appearance:

before 1690
One of the 49% oldest English words
First recorded in 1690-1700

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Family name


family name popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 36% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 66% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

family name usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for family name

noun family name

  • last name — surname (def 1).
  • cognomen — (originally) an ancient Roman's third name or nickname, which later became his family name
  • surname — the name that a person has in common with other family members, as distinguished from a Christian name or given name; family name.

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