- derived from the name of a mother or other female ancestor.
- a metronymic name.
Origin of metronymic
First recorded in 1865–70, metronymic is from the Greek word mētrōnymikós named after one's mother
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Metronymic, met-ro-nim′ik, adj. derived from the name of one's mother, or other female ancestor.
Descent henceforth was reckoned in the paternal line, and society had become patronymic instead of metronymic.Society
Henry Kalloch Rowe
less commonly matronymic
- (of a name) derived from the name of its bearer's mother or another female ancestor
- a metronymic name
C19: from Greek mētronumikos, from mētēr mother + onoma name
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Word Origin and History for metronymic
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