- derived from the name of a father or ancestor
- showing such descent: a patronymic suffix
Origin of patronymicLate Latin patronymicus ; from Classical Greek patrōnymikos ; from patēr, father + onyma, name
- a name showing descent from a given person as by the addition of a prefix or suffix (Ex.: Stevenson, son of Steven; O'Brien, descendant of Brien; Ivanovna, daughter of John, used in Russ. after the first name)
- a family name; surname
Origin of patronymicLate Latin patrōnymicus, from Greek patrōnumikos, from patrōnumos, named after one's father : patēr, patr-, father + onuma, name; see n&obremac;-men- in Indo-European roots.
- Derived from ancestors; as, a patronymic denomination.
- 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.
A patronymic is often formed by adding a prefix or suffix to a name.
From Ancient Greek πατήρ (patēr, “father”) + ὄνομα (onoma, “name”).