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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Historical Examples of namesake

  • A life-time as long as that conferred upon the namesake of Tithonus.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • When he started up, the Godfather Break of Day was peeping at its namesake.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • "Daisy will have to be her namesake, of course," said Tennessee.

    The Green Satin Gown

    Laura E. Richards

  • Prince Alexis was never tired of gazing at his grandson and namesake.

  • The younger Socrates resembles his namesake in nothing but a name.

British Dictionary definitions for namesake



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper