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"Nombre" is a noun which is often translated as "name", and "apellido" is a noun which is often translated as "last name". Learn more about the difference between "nombre" and "apellido" below.
nombre(
nohm
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breh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (full name)
a. name
Mi nombre es Gabriel García Márquez.My name is Gabriel García Márquez.
2. (forename)
a. first name
Mi nombre es Ricardo y mi apellido es García.My first name is Ricardo and my last name is García.
3. (grammar)
a. noun
"País" es un nombre común, mientras que "Argentina" es un nombre proprio."Country" is a common noun, while "Argentina" is a proper noun.
4. (reputation)
a. name
¡Voy a mudarme a Nueva York y hacerme un nombre!I'm going to move to New York City and make a name for myself!
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apellido(
ah
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peh
-
yee
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doh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (hereditary name)
a. last name
¿Podría deletrearme su apellido, por favor?Could you spell your last name, please?
b. surname
La gente normalmente tiene dos apellidos en los países hispanos.People usually have two surnames in Hispanic countries.
c. family name
Tienes que escribir el apellido en esa casilla.You have to write your family name in that box.
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