C."‰1607, William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, V"‰iii"‰171
Other Word Forms of Surname
Origin of Surname
From a variety of spellings in Middle English, from Norman and Old French surnom (“surname"), formed from Old French sur- ("super-"; earlier sor-, sour-, &c.) + nom (“name"), a calque of late Latin supernōmen and suprānōmen (“surname"), from Latin super- (“over, above, beyond") and nōmen (“name").
Middle English partial translation of Old French surnom sur- sur- nom name
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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