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    Registering to apply for student accomodation at Kent... they've asked for my 'Family Name' ... my last name, however, isn't the same as the rest of my family, as my mum got remarried. Which one should I put down?

    This may sound like a ridiculous question...
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    what do you use for letters, cards, driving liscence etc etc
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    Surname......................... .........
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    You use your surname. They put family name because some people don't know what "surname" means, and "family name" is easier to understand :rolleyes:
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    Haha, shut up! I only questioned this because if it was based on finance or anything, the household name would be 'xxxxx' and not my own
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    No, it's just how they tend to do forms now - 'surname' isn't easily understood by everyone, and some cultures don't have the same conventions of given name first/family name last as we do, so 'last name' wouldn't always equal 'surname'. (Although your point is a fair one, and there are some cultures which don't use family names at all, so it isn't a perfect system either...)
 
 
 
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