One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for patronymic
- ‘You are only its bearer, nothing more than the agent for the transmission of the patronym.’
- ‘Denied his patronym, Jeremy is truly "illegitimate."’
- ‘The second claimant is Joseph Conrad, who has already been mentioned under his patronym, Korzeniowski.’
- ‘In Spanish-speaking countries, a man takes on his mother's maiden name as a last name, but uses the patronym as the middle name and the official name.’
- ‘In this period - the middle of the 19th century - variations in their patronym occurred and it was standardized as Normand dit Poupeville.’
Mid 19th century: via French patronyme ‘family name’ from Greek patrōnumos (see patronymic).
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