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metronymic

[ mee-truh-nim-ik, me- ]
/ ˌmi trəˈnɪm ɪk, ˌmɛ- /
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adjective
derived from the name of a mother or other female ancestor.
noun
a metronymic name.
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Also mat·ro·nym·ic [ma-truh-nim-ik] /ˌmæ trəˈnɪm ɪk/ .

Origin of metronymic

First recorded in 1865–70, metronymic is from the Greek word mētrōnymikós “named after one's mother”
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British Dictionary definitions for metronymic

metronymic

less commonly matronymic

/ (ˌmɛtrəˈnɪmɪk) /

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

Word Origin for metronymic

C19: from Greek mētronumikos, from mētēr mother + onoma name
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