One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A name derived from the name of a father or ancestor, typically by the addition of a prefix or suffix, e.g., Johnson, O'Brien, Ivanovich.
family name, last nameView synonyms
- ‘The memory trick of naming individuals by patronymics, or ‘sloinneadh’ in Gaelic, is the centuries-old system of placing an individual within an extended family system.’
- ‘They were always smart and neatly dressed, and always called each other - in public - by their first name and patronymic.’
- ‘Xhosa speakers are patrilineal and have patronymic clans, but neither clans nor lineages have any ‘on the ground’ existence.’
- ‘Adult acquaintances and casual friends usually talk to each other using the first name combined with the patronymic.’
- ‘However, she later explains that Adriaen did not use the patronymic.’
- ‘Iceland also upholds another Norse tradition - using patronymics rather than surnames.’
- ‘In the novel we do not learn Luzhin's patronymic until the last sentences.’
- ‘Explaining patronymics to a four year old is always a difficult thing.’
- ‘Probably more significant is the fact that Brown was one of the many neutral names adopted by clansmen who wanted to be rid of their politically incorrect Gaelic patronymics.’
- ‘A Russian system of patronymics is still widely used.’
- ‘Although a government decree in 1856 ended patronymics, some 60 percent of all present day Danish names end in ‘sen’ with Jensen and Nielsen being the most common.’
- ‘She replied addressing him Russian style using his patronymic.’
- ‘Her patronymic should follow in the next two lines, consisting of her father's gentilicium and Greek cognomen.’
- ‘Documents dating between 1521 and 1524 attest that he had assumed the cognomen Lieto, the Italian version of Laetus, substituting this for his actual patronymic, Allegri.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Addressing someone formally also entails using the person's full name and patronymic.’
- ‘As the daughter's patronymic appears immediately after her name, so the same patronymic should also appear in column III immediately after her mother's name, here as husband.’
- ‘Thus, everyone has a patronymic, or father's name.’
- ‘I'm now 99% sure I have at least one of the patronymics wrong, so again, I solicit advice on them.’
Denoting or relating to a name derived from the name of a father or male ancestor.‘the patronymic naming of children’
Early 17th century: via late Latin from Greek patrōnumikos, from patrōnumos, from patēr, patr- ‘father’ + onuma ‘name’.
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