- derived from the name of a father or ancestor
- showing such descent: a patronymic suffix
Origin: LL patronymicus < Gr patrōnymikos < 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
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Origin: Late Latin patrōnymicus, from Greek patrōnumikos, from patrōnumos, named after one's father : patēr, patr-, father + onuma, name; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots.
- patˌro·nymˈi·cal·ly adverb