matronymic
noun Etymology: matr- + -onymic (as in patronymic) Date: 1794 a name derived from that of the mother or a maternal ancestor

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  • matronymic — [ma΄trə nim′ik] adj. [< Gr mētrōnymikos, altered by assoc. with L mater (gen. matris), by analogy with PATRONYMIC] of or derived from the name of the mother or a female ancestor n. a matronymic name …   English World dictionary

  • Matronymic — Mat ro*nym ic, n. [L. mater mother + nymic, as in patronimic.] See {Metronymic}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

  • matronymic — (n.) 1794, a hybrid from L. mater (see MOTHER (Cf. mother) (n.1)) + Greek based ending from PATRONYMIC (Cf. patronymic). As an adjective from 1874 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Matronymic — A matronymic is a personal name based on the name of one s mother, grandmother, or any female ancestor. It is the female equivalent of a patronymic. In patriarchal societies, matronymic surnames are far less common than patronyms. In the past,… …   Wikipedia

  • matronymic — mat•ro•nym•ic [[t]ˌmæ trəˈnɪm ɪk[/t]] adj. 1) derived from the name of a mother or other female ancestor 2) a matronymic name • Etymology: 1785–95; alter. of metronymic, by influence ofpatronymicandmatri …   From formal English to slang

  • matronymic — adjective for matronym …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • matronymic — /ma treuh nim ik/, adj. metronymic. * * * …   Universalium

  • matronymic — 1. adjective of, relating to, or derived from the given name of ones mother 2. noun a surname acquired from ones mothers given name …   Wiktionary

  • matronymic — [ˌmatrə nɪmɪk] (also metronymic) noun a name derived from the name of a mother or female ancestor. Origin C18: from L. mater, matr mother , on the pattern of patronymic …   English new terms dictionary

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