What does surname mean?

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  1. (obsolete) An additional name, particularly those derived from a birthplace, quality, or achievement; an epithet.
  2. (obsolete) An additional name given to a person, place, or thing; a byname or nickname.
  3. The name a person shares with other members of that person's family, distinguished from that person's given name or names; a family name.
  4. (Classical studies) The cognomen of Roman names.
  5. (Scotland, obsolete) A clan.
  1. (transitive) To give a surname to.
  2. (transitive) To call by a surname.
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