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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.

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However, each family name is divided into one or more clans and in order to identify a person's family name, the identification of the clan is needed.
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I am therefore asking if anyone reading this paper remembers any relative or friend who had the family name of Ditchburn and was also connected to this church.
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They are hoping a final plea prior to the burial could see Sion being laid to rest with his family name.
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Before World War I, the family name of the English royal family was "Saxe Coburg Gotha" indicating their Germanic origin.
The Israelis did not recognize this undisputed truth and insisted that the family name of the mother did not match up with the prisoner's name," said Amani Srahna, an official at the Palestinian Prisoner Club told Gulf News.
I read that this word in Hebrew means 'God's Gift', which is also the meaning of the Arab family name 'Atallah, found in many Arab countries.
When you were born, you inherited an heirloom - your family name, first given to an ancestor up to 1,000 years ago.
IT SEEMS G Bryant shares the Sutton Cold-field Conservatives' infantile amusement in mocking my family name ('What a lot of Poppycock', Letters, May 20).
Islam allows a family to give an orphan everything from financial support and care, all but the family name," said Sheikh Saber Taalab, former member of the Islamic Research Center.