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[neym-seyk] /ˈneɪmˌseɪk/
a person named after another.
a person having the same name as another.
Origin of namesake
1640-50; alteration of name's (name + 's1) sake1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for namesake


a person or thing named after another
a person or thing with the same name as another
Word Origin
C17: probably a shortening of the phrase describing people connected for the name's sake
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Word Origin and History for namesake

"person named for the sake of someone," 1640s, probably originally (for the) name's sake.

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