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  1. the derivation of names from eponyms.

Origin of eponymy

First recorded in 1860–65, eponymy is from the Greek word epōnymía surname, derived name. See eponymous, -y3
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Historical Examples

  • (Dated) the third day of Sebat, in the eponymy of Rimmon-lid-ani.

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    A. H. (Archibald Henry) Sayce

  • (Dated) the month Sebat, the first day, the eponymy of Bel-kharran-Sadua.'

British Dictionary definitions for eponymy


  1. the derivation of names of places, etc, from those of persons
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