What is surname?

  • (noun): The name used to identify the members of a family (as distinguished from each member's given name).
    Synonyms: family name, cognomen, last name


A surname is a name added to a given name and is part of a personal name. In many cases, a surname is a family name. Many dictionaries define "surname" as a synonym of "family name". In the western hemisphere, it is commonly synonymous with "last name" and is usually placed at the end of a person's given name. In Spain and most Hispanophone and Lusophone countries, two last names (or surnames) are used. In Hungary, along with China, Korea (성씨), Japan, Vietnam and in many other East Asian countries, the family name is placed before a person's given name.

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Surname - Culture and Prevalence - Portuguese-speaking World
... The Spanish tradition, usually the father's surname comes first, followed by the mother's surname, whereas in Portuguese speaking countries the father's name is the last ... A woman may adopt her husband's surname(s), but nevertheless she usually keeps her birth names, or at last the last one ... Since 1977, a husband can also adopt his wife's surname ...
... Sobolev (masculine) and Soboleva (feminine) is a popular Russian surname and may refer to the following people Leonid Sobolev (1844–1913), Russian general Sergei Lvovich Sobolev (1908–1989), Russian mathematician Viktor Viktorovich Sobolev, Russian astrophysicist Vladimir Sobolev (disambiguation), several people Yelena Soboleva (birn 1982), Russian runner Arkady Alexandrovich Sobolev, Russian diplomat Blessed Archbishop Seraphim (Sobolev) of Bogucharsk, the spiritual Father of the Old Calendar Orthodox Church of Bulgaria This page or section lists people with the surname Sobolev, Soboleva ... If an internal link intending to refer to a specific person led you to this page, you may wish to change that link by adding the person's given name(s) to the link ...
Gibson (disambiguation) - Other Uses
... Gibson (surname), a surname and list of people with the surname Gibson (cocktail) Gibson (Great Dane) Gibson Amphitheatre Gibson Appliance Gibson (SRMTH ...
... or Vucenich is primarily a Montenegrin and to a lesser extent Serbian or Russian surname ... Notable people with the surname include Alexander S ... professor This page or section lists people with the surname Vučinić ...
LO - People - Surname
... Lô, Senegalese last name Luo (surname) (羅/罗, 盧/卢 or 駱/骆), a Chinese surname often romanized as Lo Shawty Lo (born Carlos Walker, 1976), African ...