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The difference between surmane and last name



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Hi, does any body know the difference between surmane and last name? I recently read a biography in which the person's surname and lastname were mentioned separately.

02:01 AM Jul 18 2008 |

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Sri Lanka

This is just a thought. In the good old days, when you had to fill a form, you were asked to give your "Christian Name/s" and your "Surname". This was later changed to "First Name", "Other Names", and "Last Name".  As already mentioned, in some cultures, the  surname which denotes the family or ancestral name may not necessarily be the last name.

06:50 AM Jul 18 2008 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Thanks a lot for the information. The biography I talked about is about Yasmin Paige, the british actress who plays as Petrova in 'ballet shoes'. according to the biography her surname is El-Iraqi and her lastname is Paige.

03:34 PM Jul 27 2008 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Well, It seems that her name is registered as Yasmin El-Iraki but in her filmography and movie casts, she is refered to as Yasmin paige.

06:24 PM Jul 29 2008 |


United Arab Emirates

AH !!

But sometimes the Surname Can Be the last name, isn't ??


06:28 AM Jul 30 2008 |

Mapleleaf Man

United States

Surname is always the last name. Same thing. Maybe they are trying to say that her real surname is 'El-Iraki' but she used the 'stage name' Paige. Many actors have a stage name, as we all know. John Wayne was really Marion Morrison, right? Here in North America, we used to say Christian name, as Nu said, but now it is 'first name' and then family name, surname or last name. 

Biographies sometimes say, "she was born as Yasmin El-Iraki" which means that this is her real name.  Then they might say"she took the name Paige, later in her career" to mean that she is now Yasmin Paige.

11:21 AM Jul 30 2008 |