from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The name of someone's mother.
  • n. A matronymic surname.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A personal name derived from the mother or from the maternal family.


From mater "mother" + -onym "name" (Wiktionary)


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  • Variant of matronym.

    July 19, 2008

  • metronym – a name derived from the name of one's mother, or another female ancestor

    July 19, 2008