[ mee-truh-nim-ik, me- ]
/ ˌmi trəˈnɪm ɪk, ˌmɛ- /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for metronymic


less commonly matronymic

/ (ˌmɛtrəˈnɪmɪk) /


(of a name) derived from the name of its bearer's mother or another female ancestor


a metronymic name

Word Origin for metronymic

C19: from Greek mētronumikos, from mētēr mother + onoma name
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Word Origin and History for metronymic



"derived from the name of a mother or maternal ancestor," 1881, from Late Greek metronymikos "named for one's mother," from meter (genitive metros) "mother" (see mother (n.1)) + onyma (see name (n.)). Related: Metronymically (1822).

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