(of family names) derived from the name of a father or ancestor, especially by the addition of a suffix or prefix indicating descent.
(of a suffix or prefix) indicating descent.
a patronymic name, as Williamson (son of William) or Macdonald (son of Donald).
a family name; surname.
Origin of patronymic
1605–15;Related formspat·ro·nym·i·cal·ly, adverb
< Late Latin patrōnymicus
< Greek patrōnymikós
equivalent to patrṓnym(os)
patronymic (see patri-
) + -ikos -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for patronymic
(of a name) derived from the name of its bearer's father or ancestor. In Western cultures, many surnames are patronymic in origin, as for example Irish names beginning with O' and English names ending with -son; in other cultures, such as Russian, a special patronymic name is used in addition to the surname
Word Origin for patronymic
C17: via Late Latin from Greek patronumikos, from patēr father + onoma name
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Word Origin and History for patronymic
1610s, from Late Latin patronymicum, from neuter of patronymicus "derived from a father's name," from patronymos "named from the father," from pater (genitive patros) "father" (see father (n.)) + onyma "name," Aeolic dialectal variant of onoma "name" (see name (n.)). As an adjective from 1660s.
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