Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The stage of social evolution in which family and clan names descend in the male line from father to son: in distinction from the metronymic stage. See metronymic, 2.

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  • Most Icelandic surnames are based on patronymy, or the adoption of the father's first given name.

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