Metronymic
Metronymic Met`ro*nym"ic, a. [Gr. ?; ? mother + ?, for ? name.] Derived from the name of one's mother, or other female ancestor; as, a metronymic name or appellation. -- n. A metronymic appellation. [1913 Webster]

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  • metronymic — (adj.) derived from the name of a mother or maternal ancestor, 1881, from Late Gk. metronymikos named for one s mother, from meter (gen. metros) mother (see MOTHER (Cf. mother) (n.1)) + onyma (see NAME (Cf. name) (n.)). Related: Metronymical …   Etymology dictionary

  • metronymic — [mē΄trə nim′ik, me΄trənim′ik] adj., n. MATRONYMIC …   English World dictionary

  • metronymic — /mee treuh nim ik, me /, adj. 1. derived from the name of a mother or other female ancestor. n. 2. a metronymic name. Also, matronymic. [1865 70; < Gk metronymikós named after one s mother] * * * …   Universalium

  • metronymic — /mɛtrəˈnɪmɪk/ (say metruh nimik) adjective 1. derived from the name of a mother or other female ancestor. –noun 2. a metronymic name. {Greek mētrōnymikos named after one s mother} …   Australian English dictionary

  • metronymic —   a.,n. (name) derived from mother s or ancestress s name; pertaining to descent in the female line.    ♦ metronymy, n. metronymic usage …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • metronymic — adj. & n. adj. (of a name) derived from the name of a mother or female ancestor. n. a metronymic name. Etymology: Gk meter metros mother, after patronymic …   Useful english dictionary

  • metronymic — [ˌmɛtrə nɪmɪk] adjective &noun variant spelling of matronymic …   English new terms dictionary

  • metronymic — metro·nym·ic …   English syllables

  • Eakin — This unusual name, with the modern variants Eakin and Ekins, can be either a patronymic or a metronymic i.e. derived from the personal name of the first bearer s father or mother. As a patronymic it derives from (a)ed a medieval pet form of Adam… …   Surnames reference

  • Eakins — This unusual name, with the modern variants Eakin and Ekins, can be either a patronymic or a metronymic i.e. derived from the personal name of the first bearer s father or mother. As a patronymic it derives from (a)ed a medieval pet form of Adam… …   Surnames reference

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