Matronymic definition

mētrə-, mĕtrə-
Of, relating to, or derived from the name of one's mother or maternal ancestor.
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A name so derived.
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Of or derived from the name of the mother or a female ancestor.
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A matronymic name.
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Of, relating to, or derived from the given name of one's mother or a female ancestor.
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A surname or byname acquired from the given name of one's mother's or from a female ancestor's given name.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of matronymic - metronymic

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
matronymic
Plural:
matronymics

Origin of matronymic

  • Greek mātrōnumikos dialectal variant of mētrōnumikos mētēr mētr- mother metro– onuma name nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin māter (“mother") + -nym +"Ž -ic

    From Wiktionary