Definitions for patronymicˌpæ trəˈnɪm ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pat•ro•nym•icˌpæ trəˈnɪm ɪk(n.)

  1. a name derived from the name of a father or ancestor, esp. by the addition of a suffix or prefix indicating descent, as Williamson (son of William) or Macdonald (son of Donald).

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  2. (adj.)(of a family name) derived from the name of a father or ancestor.

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  3. (of a suffix or prefix) indicating descent from a father or ancestor.

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Origin of patronymic:

1605–15; < LL patrōnymicus < Gk patrōnymikós=patrṓnym(os) patronymic (see patri -, -onym ) +-ikos -ic

pat`ro•nym′i•cal•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. patronymic, patronym(adj)

    a family name derived from name of your father or a paternal ancestor (especially with an affix (such as -son in English or O'- in Irish) added to the name of your father or a paternal ancestor)

  2. patronymic(adj)

    of or derived from a personal or family name

Wiktionary

  1. patronymic(Noun)

    name acquired from one's father's, grandfather's or earlier male ancestor's first name. Some cultures use a patronymic where other cultures use a surname or family name; other cultures (like Russia) use both a patronymic and a surname.

  2. patronymic(Adjective)

    Derived from ancestors; as, a patronymic denomination.

  3. Origin: From πατήρ + ὄνομα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patronymic(adj)

    derived from ancestors; as, a patronymic denomination

  2. Patronymic(noun)

    a modification of the father's name borne by the son; a name derived from that of a parent or ancestor; as, Pelides, the son of Peleus; Johnson, the son of John; Macdonald, the son of Donald; Paulowitz, the son of Paul; also, the surname of a family; the family name

Freebase

  1. Patronymic

    A patronym, or patronymic, is a component of a personal name based on the given name of one's father, grandfather or an even earlier male ancestor. A component of a name based on the name of one's mother or a female ancestor is a matronymic. Each is a means of conveying lineage. Patronymics are still in use, including mandatory use, in many places worldwide, although their use has largely been replaced by or transformed into patronymic surnames. "Patronymic" may also mean "patronymic suffix".

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