Origin of patronymic
Examples from the Web for patronymic
Serfs were not addressed with their patronymic by their superiors.A Nobleman's Nest|Ivan Turgenieff
This name was usually a patronymic, expressive of his descent from the founder of the family.The Lady of the Lake|Sir Walter Scott
Peter Liberty needed no prompting to vindicate, on a fitting occasion, his right to his patronymic.History of the United Netherlands, 1590-1599, Vol. III. Complete|John Lothrop Motley
It occurs in early Norman times as a personal name, and afterwards as a patronymic.
The admiral's grandfather, the Huguenot exile, was "Regnier," but his descendants anglicized the patronymic into "Rainier."The Mountain that was 'God'|John H. Williams
British Dictionary definitions for patronymic
Word Origin for patronymic
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.