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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.
Greek mātrōnumikos dialectal variant of mētrōnumikos mētēr mētr- mother metro– onuma name nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latin māter (“mother") + -nym +"Ž -ic
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