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[mee-truh-nim-ik, me-]
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  1. derived from the name of a mother or other female ancestor.
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  1. a metronymic name.
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Origin of metronymic

First recorded in 1865–70, metronymic is from the Greek word mētrōnymikós named after one's mother
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Historical Examples

  • Metronymic, met-ro-nim′ik, adj. derived from the name of one's mother, or other female ancestor.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


  • Descent henceforth was reckoned in the paternal line, and society had become patronymic instead of metronymic.


    Henry Kalloch Rowe

British Dictionary definitions for metronymic


less commonly matronymic

  1. (of a name) derived from the name of its bearer's mother or another female ancestor
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  1. a metronymic name
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Word Origin

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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