(also metronymic /ˌmɛtrəˈnɪmɪk/)
A name derived from the name of a mother or female ancestor.
- It is interesting that their usual surnames are all patronymics or matronymics, rather than the locatives that would be more likely were any of the four from immigrant families.
Late 18th century: from Latin mater, matr- 'mother', on the pattern of patronymic.
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