Definition of matronymic in English:

matronymic

(also metronymic)

noun

  • A name derived from the name of a mother or female ancestor.

    • ‘It is interesting that their usual surnames are all patronymics or matronymics, rather than the locatives that would be more likely were any of the four from immigrant families.’

adjective

  • Denoting or relating to a name derived from the name of a mother or female ancestor.

    • ‘A few countries, such as Spain, follow a matronymic tradition.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from Latin mater, matr- ‘mother’, on the pattern of patronymic.

Pronunciation

matronymic

/ˌmatrəˈnimik/