- (of family names) derived from the name of a father or ancestor, especially by the addition of a suffix or prefix indicating descent.
- (of a suffix or prefix) indicating descent.
- a patronymic name, as Williamson (son of William) or Macdonald (son of Donald).
- a family name; surname.
Origin of patronymic
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Examples from the Web for patronymic
We have the diminutive in Mappin and the patronymic in Mapleson.The Romance of Names</p>
Or were these separate creations of the patronymic, some English, some Gaelic?Records of a Family of Engineers
Robert Louis Stevenson
Nevil, you are a preux of the times of my brother's patronymic.Beauchamp's Career, Complete
Serfs were not addressed with their patronymic by their superiors.A Nobleman's Nest
The women do get so savage when you leave a fellow's patronymic vague.Miss Hildreth, Volume 1 of 3
Augusta de Grasse Stevens
- (of a name) derived from the name of its bearer's father or ancestor. In Western cultures, many surnames are patronymic in origin, as for example Irish names beginning with O' and English names ending with -son; in other cultures, such as Russian, a special patronymic name is used in addition to the surname
- a patronymic name
C17: via Late Latin from Greek patronumikos, from patēr father + onoma name
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Word Origin and History for patronymic
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