Initial vs. Surname

Initial vs. Surname — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Initial and Surname

Initialadjective

Chronologically first, early; of or pertaining to the beginning, cause or origin.

Our initial admiration for their efficiency gave way to disgust about their methods.The initial stages of a syndrome may differ vastly from the final symptoms.

Surnamenoun

(obsolete) An additional name, particularly those derived from a birthplace, quality, or achievement; an epithet.

Initialadjective

Spatially first, placed at the beginning, in the first position; especially said of the first letter of a word.

The initial letter of names is usually printed with a capital letter.

Surnamenoun

(obsolete) An additional name given to a person, place, or thing; a byname or nickname.

Initialnoun

The first letter of a word or a name.

Surnamenoun

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.

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Initialnoun

In plural, the first letter of each word of a person's full name considered as a unit.

You can get your initials printed at the top.

Surnamenoun

(Classical studies) The cognomen of Roman names.

Initialnoun

A distinguished initial letter of a chapter or section of a document.

Surnamenoun

A clan.

Initialnoun

(phonology) onset, part of a syllable that precedes the syllable nucleus in phonetics and phonology.

Surnameverb

(transitive) To give a surname to.

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Initialverb

(transitive) To sign one's initial(s), as an abbreviated signature.

Please initial each page and sign the contract in full at the bottom.

Surnameverb

(transitive) To call by a surname.

Initialnoun

the first letter of a word (especially a person's name);

he refused to put the initials FRS after his name

Surnamenoun

the name used to identify the members of a family (as distinguished from each member's given name)

Initialverb

mark with one's initials

Initialadjective

occurring at the beginning;

took the initial step toward reconciliation