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SURNAME. A name which is added to the christian name, and which, in modern times, have become family names.
     2. They are called surnames, because originally they were written over the name in judicial writings and contracts. They were and are still used for the purpose of distinguishing persons of the same name. They were taken from something attached to the persons assuming them, as John Carpenter, Joseph Black, Samuel Little, &c. See Name.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The royal house used to be "( Saxe-Coburg-Gotha ," while the surname they possessed was "Wettin." The former reflects the name of the German dynasty since Queen Victoria's husband Albert was a prince there.
Also, each mother's surname was associated with a vector of percentages for being in each of these four categories from the 2010 Census.
Frustrated, he said, "Now, I am fed up with all this and considering changing my surname through the legal process.
51 of 1992 as amended, a woman may, after marriage assume her husband's surname add her surname to that of her husband and have a double barrel surname or retain her surname.
It's just assumed that three surnames take in 45 percent of the population and that is normal.
When ( Prince William and Prince Harry were still children, they used the surname Wales, which is part of their parents' official titles as the Prince and Princess of Wales.
On May 25, last year, the Court of Appeal had ruled in favour of the couple and their child who filed a judicial review to compel the NRD director-general to replace their child's surname 'Abdullah' with the name of the child's father in the birth certificate.
These concepts were employed to reinforce a patriarchal regime which deceptively claimed that the natural order, common sense, long history, and divine right supported the current male-oriented surname system in its creation of new systems of rights and identity.
Smith and its variants in other languages - Schmidt, Ferrari, Lefeuvre/ Faure, Gove, form the most common surname group in the world.
Currently, consumers pay an upfront fee based on the length of time they want to use the service, with three packages ranging from [pounds sterling]33.99 per surname for three months to [pounds sterling]66.99 for 12 months.
My husband and I have spoken about ti and we have decided that whenever we a child, the child will have Mirza Malik as a surname,' explained the tennis star during a panel discussion on 'gender bias' at the Goa Fest 2018.