[ neym-seyk ]
/ ˈneɪmˌseɪk /


a person named after another.
a person having the same name as another.

Origin of namesake

1640–50; alteration of name's (name + 's1) sake1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for namesake


/ (ˈneɪmˌseɪk) /


a person or thing named after another
a person or thing with the same name as another

Word Origin for namesake

C17: probably a shortening of the phrase describing people connected for the name's sake
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Word Origin and History for namesake



"person named for the sake of someone," 1640s, probably originally (for the) name's sake.

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