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surname (ˈsɜːˌneɪm Pronunciation for surname



  1. Also called: last name, second name. a family name as opposed to a first or Christian name
  2. (formerly) a descriptive epithet attached to a person's name to denote a personal characteristic, profession, etc; nickname


  1. (transitive) to furnish with or call by a surname

Derived Forms

ˈsurˌnamer noun

Word Origin

C14: via Anglo-French from Old French surnom. See sur-1, name


View thesaurus entry
= family name, last name, patronymic, matronymic

Translations for 'surname'

  • British English: surnamePronunciation for surname Your surname is the name that you share with other members of your family.She didn't know his surname, only his first name.ˈsɜːˌneɪm NOUN
  • Arabic: لَقَبPronunciation for لَقَب
  • Brazilian Portuguese: sobrenomePronunciation for sobrenome
  • Chinese: 姓氏Pronunciation for 姓氏
  • Croatian: prezimePronunciation for prezime
  • Czech: příjmeníPronunciation for příjmení
  • Danish: efternavnPronunciation for efternavn
  • Dutch: achternaamPronunciation for achternaam
  • European Spanish: apellidoPronunciation for apellido
  • Finnish: sukunimiPronunciation for sukunimi
  • French: nom de famillePronunciation for nom de famille
  • German: NachnamePronunciation for Nachname
  • Greek: επίθετοPronunciation for επίθετο
  • Italian: cognomePronunciation for cognome
  • Japanese: Pronunciation for 姓
  • Korean: Pronunciation for 성
  • Norwegian: etternavnPronunciation for etternavn
  • Polish: nazwiskoPronunciation for nazwisko
  • Portuguese: apelidoPronunciation for apelido
  • Romanian: nume de familie nume de familie
  • Russian: фамилияPronunciation for фамилия
  • Spanish: apellidoPronunciation for apellido
  • Swedish: efternamnPronunciation for efternamn
  • Thai: นามสกุลPronunciation for นามสกุล
  • Turkish: soyadıPronunciation for soyadı
  • Ukrainian: прізвище
  • Vietnamese: họPronunciation for họtên
  • British English: surname Your surname is the name that you share with other members of your family. NOUNShe'd never known his surname.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: sobrenome
  • Chinese:
  • European Spanish: apellido
  • French: nom de famille
  • German: Nachname
  • Italian: cognome
  • Japanese:
  • Korean:
  • Portuguese: apelido
  • Spanish: apellido

Example Sentences Including 'surname'

There were several index entries for people with that surname.
Taylor, Andy Toy Shop
His name, she remembered was Steve; she'd not been told his surname.
Harcourt, Palma A Matter of Conscience
Rose herself had never mentioned the man's surname ; she had merely called him Roy.
Penn, John Unto The Grave


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