KJV Dictionary Definition: surname


SUR'NAME, n. L. super and nomen.

1. An additional name; a name or appellation added to the baptismal or christian name,and which becomes a family name. Surnames, with us, originally designated occupation, estate, place of residence, or some particular thing or event that related to the person. Thus William Rufus or red; Edmund Ironsides; Robert Smith,or the smith; William Turner.

2. An appellation added to the original name.

My surname Coriolanus.


SURNA'MED, pp. Called by a name added to the christian or original name.


SURNA'MING, ppr. Naming by an appellation added to the original name.