from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or derived from the name of one's father or a paternal ancestor.
- n. A name so derived.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Derived from ancestors; as, a patronymic denomination.
- n. name acquired from one's father's, grandfather's or earlier male ancestor's first name. Some cultures use a patronymic where other cultures use a surname or family name; other cultures (like Russia) use both a patronymic and a surname.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Derived from ancestors.
- n. A modification of the father's name borne by the son; a name derived from that of a parent or ancestor; ; also, the surname of a family; the family name.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Derived from or constituting the name of a father or ancestor.
- n. A name derived from that of parents or ancestors: as, Tydides, the son of Tydeus; Pelides, the son of Peleus; Fitzwilliam, the son of William; Williamson, the son of William; Pavlovitch, the son of Paul; Macdonald, the son of Donald; in general use, a, family name; a surname. The usual Anglo-Saxon patronymic ending was -ing (see -ing).
- In anthropology, relating to that form of society in which the child takes its name from the father's family, or in which the child is reckoned as a member of the paternal family.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or derived from a personal or family name
- n. a family name derived from name of your father or a paternal ancestor (especially with an affix (such as -son in English or O'- in Irish) added to the name of your father or a paternal ancestor)
And the listings are organized alphabetically by first name (since the patronymic is not really a “name.”)
No patronymic is ever bestowed on him; instead he draws his name from the soil, as if to declare his chthonic affinity with Adam.
Bjork’s Icelandic patronymic is correctly spelled Guðmundsdóttir.
“Elena Vladimirovna telephoned me today,” she says, calling the actress by her name and patronymic, the only way an adult can be addressed in the presence of a child.
Gospels as Bartholomew, which is a patronymic, meaning son of Tolmai.
Page 214 the Queen of Hearts) and that Zenobia, as well as Psyche, is good Greek, and that my father was "a Greek," and that consequently I have a right to our original patronymic, which is Zenobia, and not by any means Snobbs.
Greek, "and that consequently I have a right to our patronymic, which is
Even less common is the use of both matronymic and patronymic names – e.g.,
The traditional Icelandic naming pattern is patronymic and works as follows: If Thor Eriksson and Guðrún Johannesdottir have two kids – Jón and Sigga, the kids names will be Jón Thorsson and Sigga Thorsdottir.
(An abridged English-language volume had been published in 1985 by Solzhenitsyn scholar Edward Ericson.) "Not without bitterness, Alexander Isayevich entrusted me to arrange a one-volume 'Archipelago' — a volume for schools," she said, using Mr. Solzhenitsyn's patronymic.