name, surname vs first name, last name

Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by izietto, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. izietto Member


    I am writing an HTML user registration form, in which I have two fields which correspond to the italian "nome" and "cognome" inputs. Every time I write a user registration form in english I have a doubt about with which words should I translate them, with "name" and "surname" or with "firstname" and "lastname"? or there is no difference? Do you have suggestions?

  2. joanvillafane Senior Member

    U.S., New Jersey
    U.S. English
    Hi izietto - Most forms in English ask for "First Name" and "Last Name" (two words, with space).
  3. rrose17

    rrose17 Senior Member

    Canada, English
    First name and last name are separate words. You definitely see all sorts of combinations used. There is also family name for surname. To be completely unambiguous you could say first name/surname.

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