patronymic

Part of speech: noun

A name derived from an ancestor; a family name.

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Usage examples "patronymic":

  1. These family settlements, revealed to us by the patronymic ing, are very numerous. - "English Villages", 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", 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", J. Sheridan Le Fanu.