Patronymic meaning

păt'rə-nĭm'ĭk
Of, relating to, or derived from the name of one's father or a paternal ancestor.
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A name so derived.
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Derived from the name of a father or ancestor.
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Showing such descent.

A patronymic suffix.

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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)
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A family name; surname.
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Derived from ancestors; as, a patronymic denomination.
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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.
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Origin of patronymic

  • Late Latin patrōnymicus from Greek patrōnumikos from patrōnumos named after one's father patēr patr- father onuma name nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Ancient Greek πατήρ (patÄ“r, “father") + ὄνομα (onoma, “name").
    From Wiktionary