Definition of family name in English:

family name

noun

  • 1A surname.

    • ‘When Henne's daughter was born, she wished to give her daughter the family name, Brinton, the family name of the girl's biological father, who the petitioner was not legally married to.’
    • ‘The child is formally welcomed into its family and takes the family name.’
    • ‘The research revealed 41 per cent of the UK's small businesses established before 1980 are named after a family name.’
    • ‘We thought they had our family name, but apparently they both have different surnames.’
    • ‘Women were only useful for establishing a bloodline that could carry on the family name and give the proper last rites to the husband.’
    family name, last name, patronymic
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    1. 1.1 A family's good reputation:
      ‘he won't disgrace the family name’
      • ‘His eldest and most honored son had disgraced the ancient family name, exposing it to ridicule.’
      • ‘It also displayed the power that the rich had over the poor and to what lengths people would go to keep their reputation and their family name respected.’
      • ‘So this was to be the end, come midnight I would either desert my post and disgrace the family name within the regiment.’
      • ‘They were not going to let a small child, a small girl who was insignificant and worth nothing go around disrupting the order and disgracing their family name.’
      • ‘My sister is a disgrace to what's left of the family name; she abandoned me, ten years old, after Mom died.’

Pronunciation

family name