Legal Definition and Related Resources of Surname

Meaning of Surname

The family name, the name over and above a Christian name.

Surname Alternative Definition

A name which is added to the Christian name. In modem times, these have become family names. The family name is that which is continued from parent to child. 149 Iowa 672; 31 L. R. A. (N. S.) 1112. They are called “surnames,” because originally they were written over ( sur) 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, etc. See “Name.”

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Surname in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of surname.


See Also

  • Name


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police
  • Law Enforcement Agency

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