family name(redirected from Ancestral names)
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1. a surname, esp when regarded as representing the family honour
2. a first or middle name frequently used in a family, often originally a surname
the hereditary surname of a family.
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|Noun||1.||family name - the name used to identify the members of a family (as distinguished from each member's given name)|
name - a language unit by which a person or thing is known; "his name really is George Washington"; "those are two names for the same thing"
maiden name - a woman's surname before marriage