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Before anyone learns my last name, they always assume I have some type of Latin background in me somewhere. I love it! I think the Latin culture is sexy. It's one of my goals to learn to speak Spanish one day; then I will really be able to fool people!
Torrey DeVitto

Meaning of "last name" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF LAST NAME

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF LAST NAME

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Last name is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES LAST NAME MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Family name

A family name is typically a part of a person's personal name which, according to law or custom, is passed or given to children from one or both of their parents' family names. The use of family names is common in most cultures around the world, with each culture having its own rules as to how these names are formed, passed and used. But the practice is not universal, with some cultures not using family names. Also, in most Slavic countries and in Greece, for example, there are different family name forms for male and female members of the family. Issues of family name arise especially on the passing of a name to a new-born child, on the adoption of a common family name on marriage, on renouncing of a family name and on changing of a family name. Most countries have laws requiring its citizens and those resident within its jurisdiction to have a family name. Traditionally in many European countries for the past few hundred years, it was the custom or law that a woman would on marriage use the surname of her husband and that children of a man would have the father's surname.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LAST NAME

last
last but not least
last but one
last chance saloon
Last Day
last ditch
last honours
Last Judgement
Last Judgment
last knockings
last out
last post
last quarter
last resort
last resting place
last rites
last straw
Last Supper
last thing
last-born

WORDS THAT END LIKE LAST NAME

assumed name
big name
brand name
code name
domain name
family name
file name
filename
first name
full name
given name
good name
household name
know by name
maiden name
middle name
pen name
place name
screen name
stage name
trade name

Synonyms and antonyms of last name in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «last name» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF LAST NAME

Find out the translation of last name to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of last name from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «last name» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

apellido
570 millions of speakers

English

last name
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

अंतिम नाम
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الاسم الأخير
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

фамилия
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

sobrenome
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

নামের শেষাংশ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

nom de famille
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

nama terakhir
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

nachname
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Jeneng pungkasan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

họ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கடைசி பெயர்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

आडनाव
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

soyadı
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

cognome
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

nazwisko
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

Прізвище
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

nume
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

επώνυμο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

laaste naam
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

efternamn
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

etternavn
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of last name

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «LAST NAME»

The term «last name» is very widely used and occupies the 3.884 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «LAST NAME» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about last name

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10 QUOTES WITH «LAST NAME»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word last name.
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Skylar Astin
Skylar is my first name and Astin is my middle name, and my real last name is Lipstein. When I was 15, I think my first agent just kind of did it for me. I'm not ashamed, I'm not embarrassed, but she said it was just less specific to one thing and she kind of chopped it off. But forever to my friends I will be Skylar Lipstein.
2
Morgan Brittany
I thought I would keep the first name Susan and change the last name but I picked up this book and as I opened it the lead character in it was called Morgan Brittany.
3
Lily Collins
My last name may have opened doors, but I have to keep them open.
4
John Cornyn
I don't know whether John Roberts has a twin, perhaps a sister or, uh, someone with a Hispanic last name.
5
Mark Dacascos
My father is Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino; my mother is half-Irish and half-Japanese; Greek last name; born in Hawaii, raised in Germany.
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Torrey DeVitto
Before anyone learns my last name, they always assume I have some type of Latin background in me somewhere. I love it! I think the Latin culture is sexy. It's one of my goals to learn to speak Spanish one day; then I will really be able to fool people!
7
Zach Galifianakis
I would have changed my last name if being famous were my goal.
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John Gallagher, Jr.
I don't have a pet, but I dream of someday getting a pug dog whom I will name Croque Monsieur so that I may alternate between calling him Croque, Monsieur or his full name: Croque Monsieur. I'll more than likely only use his first and last name most often when he's been bad.
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Nicky Hilton
I'm following my dreams and doing what I love as a designer. I did not want to be one of those kids with a famous last name that doesn't do anything. That is very unfulfilling to me and I'm very happy.
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Reese Hoffa
I really believe in the last name Hoffa being something powerful. You want to live your life to bring honor to that name.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LAST NAME»

Discover the use of last name in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to last name and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
How to Change Your Name in California
In many Spanish-speaking countries, a child's last name is a combination of the mother's and father's last names. In medieval France, it was common practice for girls to take their mother's last name and boys to take their father's last name.
Lisa Sedano Attorney, 2011
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MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing
Provides information on stylistic aspects of research papers, theses, and dissertations, including sections on writing fundamentals, MLA documentation style, and copyright law.
Joseph Gibaldi, 2008
3
Everyday Letters for Busy People: Hundreds of Samples You ...
Mrs., Ms., Miss? The only completely safe bet when using a woman's social title is to know and use her preference. Using a first and last name without a social title has become widely acceptable, in fact, simply because determining the correct ...
Debra Hart May, Regina McAloney, 2004
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Microsoft Office Access 2007 All-in-One Desk Reference For ...
... [Last Name] joins together the contents of the Last Name and First Name fields. If the Last Name field contains Pines, and the First Name field contains Tori, then the expression [First Name] & [Last Name] returns ToriPines.
Alan Simpson, Margaret Levine Young, Alison Barrows, 2011
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Do You Know Your Last Name?
Kris Neser. will be held accountable for how we use the name (I AM) of the Lord. This is totally related to sowing and reaping. Jeremiah 7:8 says, "Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot benefit, [so that you do not profit]," and Proverbs 6: 2 ...
Kris Neser, 2006
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Contemporary Medical Office Procedures
The surname, or last name, is identified as the first indexing unit; the first name or initial is identified as the second unit; and the middle name or initial is identified as the third unit. For example, you would index the name Samuel Arthur Clark ...
Doris Humphrey, 2004
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Microsoft Office 2007: Introductory Concepts and Techniques, ...
Include the Customer Number, Last Name, and Balance fields in the design grid. Save the query as Not Criteria Query. 3. Create a query to find all customers who do not have a telephone number. Include the Customer Number, Last Name, ...
Gary Shelly, Thomas J. Cashman, Misty Vermaat, 2007
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Raising Children in Blended Families: Helpful Insights, ...
Then I had to go through the whole stepfamily story again for the hundredth time. At home that night my parents and I talked about how hard it was for me to have a different last name. We needed a better solution than just putting up with more ...
Maxine Marsolini
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Signature for Success: How to Analyze Handwriting and ...
Last Name Larger Than First Name A last name larger than the first name shows pride in the writer's family name (or, for a woman who is married and takes her husband's last name, regard for her husband's family). • First Name Larger Than  ...
Arlyn Imberman, 2003
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Bruce Nauman
Other drawings dependent on Nauman's physical existence for their subject matter include My Last Name Exaggerated 14 Times Vertically (done in 1967) and My Name as Though It Were Written on the Surface of the Moon (also done in ...
Robert C. Morgan, 2002

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LAST NAME»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term last name is used in the context of the following news items.
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.XYZ's Daniel Negari Is So Done With .Com He Put His Own Last
Com domain of his last name up for sale on Namejet.com at no reserve, Negari.com which is being forwarded to XYZ.com. I reached out to ... «TheDomains.com, Jul 15»
2
WWE Banning "Wade" From King Barrett's Name - WhatCulture.com
... done that sort of thing in the last few years with guys like Cesaro losing Antonio as a first name and Big E dropping Langston as a last name. «WhatCulture, Jul 15»
3
Seth Curry Taking Advantage of Chance to Step Outside Brother …
This is exactly what Seth's basketball story needed—a reminder that he's so much more than his last name. He spent his final three collegiate ... «Bleacher Report, Jul 15»
4
What your last name says about you
A last name may have indicated a birthplace or where a person lived, worked or owned land. It could be from the name of a house, farm, hamlet ... «Fenton Tri County Times, Jul 15»
5
A man named Daniel Balls has tried for years to use his real name …
In July, Balls tried again—hopeful since his cousin managed to get their shared last name recognized—but he was unsuccessful. “Where has ... «Quartz, Jul 15»
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Nicky Hilton Changes Her Last Name on Instagram to Rothschild …
Nicky Hilton changed her last name to Rothschild on Instagram after her wedding to James Rothschild on July 10. Credit: Taylor Hill/Getty ... «Us Magazine, Jul 15»
7
There's a 21-year-old Jordan on the Open leader board whose last
There's a 21-year-old Jordan on the Open leader board whose last name isn't Spieth. By Ryan Herrington. ST. ANDREWS, Scotland ... «GolfDigest.com, Jul 15»
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Vanessa Paradis Furious: Amber Heard Changes Last Name To …
Amber Heard may not have successfully saved her marriage by changing her last name, but rumor has it that she did successfully get ... «Celebrity Dirty Laundry, Jul 15»
9
Big Bang Theory New Spoilers For Season Ep 1- Penny's Last
And for those who are asking what is Penny's last name, Chuck Lorre who creator the show finally revealed it to be Barrington as per Yibada's ... «Food World News, Jul 15»
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Share “Zoe Saldana's husband took her last...”
Zoe Saldana and her husband, Marco Perego, are unexpectedly making news because the Italian artist decided to take her last name, despite ... «NewsOK.com, Jul 15»

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