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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Are you inclined to part with the cup that belonged to my namesake Plutarch?

    The Emperor, Complete Georg Ebers
  • When he started up, the Godfather Break of Day was peeping at its namesake.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • His good luck took him to a cousin, a namesake of the Emperor Theophilus, and in his patrons train he went to the Peloponnese.

    The Walls of Constantinople Bernard Granville Baker
  • "Daisy will have to be her namesake, of course," said Tennessee.

    The Green Satin Gown Laura E. Richards
  • A life-time as long as that conferred upon the namesake of Tithonus.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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