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I want to say that my family name has many versions. Could I say "The name of the family is known in a lot of versions such as Been, Bin , Veen, Vin etc."

The part of "is known in a lot of versions" is correct?

  • I wouldn't know why it should not be correct. It expresses an indefinite amount. What made you doubt about the correctness of the phrase? – Sander Jul 27 '15 at 18:55
  • Are you talking about a specific family or a general family name with many versions? – Catija Jul 28 '15 at 13:52
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The name of the family is known in a lot of versions such as Been, Bin , Veen, Vin etc.

Does not read correct to my UK ears. Variations that sound better to me are:

The name of the family has many versions such as Been, Bin , Veen, Vin etc.

The family name has many versions such as Been, Bin , Veen, Vin etc.

There are many versions of the family name, including Been, Bin , Veen, Vin etc.

In each of the above "versions" could be replaced by "variations".


In a comment the questioner requested sentences using the word "known".

There are many names by which the family has been known, including Been, Bin, Veen, Vin etc.

The family has been known by many names, including Been, Bin, Veen, Vin etc.

  • I think "There are many versions of the family name, including Been, Bin , Veen, Vin etc." is the most natural one. The original is too wordy... – user3169 Jul 27 '15 at 22:50
  • It's important to me to use the word "known" (e.g."It's known as... as well" – Judicious Allure Jul 28 '15 at 9:25

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