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[pa-truh-nim-ik] /ˌpæ trəˈnɪm ɪk/
(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
1605-15; < Late Latin patrōnymicus < Greek patrōnymikós equivalent to patrṓnym(os) patronymic (see patri-, -onym) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
patronymically, adverb Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • This name was usually a patronymic, expressive of his descent from the founder of the family.

    The Lady of the Lake Sir Walter Scott
  • Nevil, you are a preux of the times of my brother's patronymic.

  • And at last, without interruption, Stuyvesant spelled and pronounced the revered old Dutch patronymic.

    Ray's Daughter Charles King
  • Serfs were not addressed with their patronymic by their superiors.

    A Nobleman's Nest Ivan Turgenieff
  • This name became the patronymic of the burgher family which each established as soon as he obtained his freedom.

    The Alkahest Honore de Balzac
  • According to the Homeric force of the patronymic, he may be either.

  • Or were these separate creations of the patronymic, some English, some Gaelic?

    Records of a Family of Engineers Robert Louis Stevenson
  • It is to be remembered that as a patronymic Τελαμώνιος is an Aeolic formation.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • That Villon was not his patronymic, whichsoever of his numerous aliases may really deserve that distinction, is certain.

  • Does it matter that we know not the patronymic of an earth-released master?

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
British Dictionary definitions for patronymic


(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
Word Origin
C17: via Late Latin from Greek patronumikos, from patēr father + onomaname
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for patronymic

1610s, from Late Latin patronymicum, from neuter of patronymicus "derived from a father's name," from patronymos "named from the father," from pater (genitive patros) "father" (see father (n.)) + onyma "name," Aeolic dialectal variant of onoma "name" (see name (n.)). As an adjective from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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