Definition of matronymic in English:

matronymic

Syllabification: mat·ro·nym·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌmatrəˈnimik
 
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(also metronymic /ˌme-/)

noun

  • A name derived from the name of a mother or female ancestor.
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    • 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.

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  • Denoting or relating to a name derived from the name of a mother or female ancestor.
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    • A few countries, such as Spain, follow a matronymic tradition.

Origin

late 18th century: from Latin mater, matr- 'mother', on the pattern of patronymic.

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