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metronymic

[mee-truh-nim-ik, me-] /ˌmi trəˈnɪm ɪk, ˌmɛ-/
adjective
1.
derived from the name of a mother or other female ancestor.
noun
2.
a metronymic name.
Also, matronymic.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; < Greek mētrōnymikós named after one's mother
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metronymic

/ˌmɛtrəˈnɪmɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a name) derived from the name of its bearer's mother or another female ancestor
noun
2.
a metronymic name
Word Origin
C19: from Greek mētronumikos, from mētēr mother + onoma name
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Word Origin and History for metronymic
adj.

"derived from the name of a mother or maternal ancestor," 1881, from Late Greek metronymikos "named for one's mother," from meter (genitive metros) "mother" (see mother (n.1)) + onyma (see name (n.)). Related: Metronymically (1822).

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