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A surname​.

Definition for surname entries.


|1= (required)
Language code; see Wiktionary:List of languages. The parameter |lang= is a deprecated synonym; please do not use. If this is used, all numbered parameters move down by one.
Adjective or qualifier.
(usually language name not code) derived from
replacement for "A" (see below)
equivalent surname in English, for use in foreign-language entries
final punctuation
{{param|nodot|1]} prevents the default punctuation


  1. A surname​.

(and categorizes in Category:English surnames)

  1. A patronymic surname​.

but note:

  1. An occupational surname​.

where the A= parameter is used to replace the "A".

Trailing punctuation is modified with dot=, dot=; or just dot= to suppress it:

{{surname|en|from=Latin|dot=,}} a form of [[Silvanus]].
  1. A surname​, a form of Silvanus.

|1= and |from= are combined into a subcategory. Something such as:


is filed in a Category:Finnish surnames, but:


is filed in a Category:Finnish surnames from Finnish (which you may have to create, see the latter as a model how). Unlike |1=, |from= is not a code but any string of text used verbatim. ("from=fi" would give Category:Finnish surnames from fi in error.)

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