family name

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Synonyms for family name

the name used to identify the members of a family (as distinguished from each member's given name)

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From her aunt, Avey received the knowledge of the Ibo legend and her ancestral name.
The surname Adams was derived from the ancestral name of ap Adam.
But the 66-year-old star says his ancestral name is originally from South-West Wales.
The name Greer was a contraction of MacGregor, her mother's ancestral name.
The language lives when it is spoken, but is also all around us in our place names, our ancestral names and our physical environment.
than 150 family members being given ancestral names.
This data base includes more than 103,000 surnames sent in by 7,200 participants worldwide and provides a way to research ancestral names and to contact the person who submitted them - possibly a living relative.