What does the word patronymic mean?

Usage examples for patronymic

  1. These family settlements, revealed to us by the patronymic ing, are very numerous. – English Villages by P. H. Ditchfield
  2. Also a Suara on Roman pottery, which I take to be German, and to represent the stem of which Suaring is a patronymic. – Surnames as a Science by Robert Ferguson
  3. Had people known that Mervyn was the son of that dishonoured peer- as in that curious little town they would, no doubt, long since have, at least, suspected, had he called himself by his proper patronymic Mordaunt- he would not have wanted a visitor to enlighten him half- an- hour after the rumour had began to proclaim itself in the streets and public haunts of the village. – The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu