Patronymic
Patronymic Pa`tro*nym"ic, n. [Gr. patrwnymiko`n.] A modification of the father's name borne by the son; a name derived from that of a parent or ancestor; as, Pelides, the son of Peleus; Johnson, the son of John; Macdonald, the son of Donald; Paulowitz, the son of Paul; also, the surname of a family; the family name. --M. A. Lower. [1913 Webster]

Note: In Russia, the patronymic is taken routinely as a middle name, and is commonly used together with the given name in addressing people with whom one is familiar, thus Ivan Ivanovich would be commonly used to address Ivan, whose father was Ivan; likewise Boris Michaelovich would address Boris the son of Michael, and Lena Ivanova would address Lena, the daughter of Ivan. [PJC]


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  • Patronymic — Pa tro*nym ic ( n[i^]m [i^]k), a. [L. patronymicus, Gr. patrwnymiko s; path r father + o noma name: cf. F. patronymique.] Derived from ancestors; as, a patronymic denomination. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • patronymic — [pa΄trə nim′ik] adj. [LL patronymicus < Gr patrōnymikos < patēr,FATHER + onyma,NAME] 1. derived from the name of a father or ancestor 2. showing such descent [a patronymic suffix] n. 1. a name showing descent from a given person as by the… …   English World dictionary

  • patronymic — index call (title) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • patronymic — (n.) 1610s, from L.L. patronymicum, from neut. of patronymicus derived from a father s name, from patronymos named from the father, from pater (gen. patros) father + onyma name …   Etymology dictionary

  • Patronymic — A patronym, or patronymic, is a component of a personal name based on the name of one s father, grandfather or an even earlier male ancestor. A component of a name based on the name of one s mother or a female ancestor is a matronymic. Each is a… …   Wikipedia

  • patronymic — patronymically, adv. /pa treuh nim ik/, adj. 1. (of family names) derived from the name of a father or ancestor, esp. by the addition of a suffix or prefix indicating descent. 2. (of a suffix or prefix) indicating descent. n. 3. a patronymic name …   Universalium

  • patronymic — 1. adjective Derived from ancestors; as, a patronymic denomination. 2. noun name acquired from ones fathers, grandfathers or earlier male ancestors first name. Some cultures use a patronymic where other cultures use a surname or family name;… …   Wiktionary

  • patronymic — noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek patronymia patronymic, from patr + onyma name more at name Date: 1612 a name derived from that of the father or a paternal ancestor usually by the addition of an affix • patronymic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • patronymic — noun (C) technical a name formed from the name of your father, grandfather etc patronymic adjective …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • patronymic — pat•ro•nym•ic [[t]ˌpæ trəˈnɪm ɪk[/t]] n. 1) ling. a name derived from the name of a father or ancestor, esp. by the addition of a suffix or prefix indicating descent, as Williamson (son of William) or Macdonald (son of Donald) 2) ling. (of a… …   From formal English to slang

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