ancestral name

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From English ancestral + name

Noun[edit]

ancestral name ‎(plural ancestral names)

  1. A surname, particularly used in contexts where other surnames (such as patronymics or clan names) need to be distinguished
  2. (Sinology) The xing surname in its ancient use where it was distinguished from the shi clan name, as opposed to its modern use as a simple surname