Meaning of surname

sur•name

Pronunciation: (n.sûr'nām"v.sûr'nām", sûr&sylpnām'), [key]
— n., v., -named, -nam•ing.
—n.
  1. the name that a person has in common with other family members, as distinguished from a Christian name or given name; family name.
  2. a name added to a person's name, as one indicating a circumstance of birth or some characteristic or achievement; epithet.
—v.t.
  1. to give a surname to; call by a surname.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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