Metronymic



[mee-truh-nim-ik, me-] /ˌmi trəˈnɪm ɪk, ˌmɛ-/

adjective
1.
derived from the name of a mother or other female ancestor.
noun
2.
a metronymic name.
/ˌmɛtrəˈnɪmɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a name) derived from the name of its bearer’s mother or another female ancestor
noun
2.
a metronymic name
adj.

“derived from the name of a mother or maternal ancestor,” 1881, from Late Greek metronymikos “named for one’s mother,” from meter (genitive metros) “mother” (see mother (n.1)) + onyma (see name (n.)). Related: Metronymically (1822).

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