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definition of the word patronymic

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From Ancient Greek πατήρ (patēr), father) + ὄνομα (onoma), name).

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  1. Derived from ancestors; as, a patronymic denomination.

patronymic (plural: patronymics)

  1. 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.

A patronymic is often formed by adding a prefix or suffix to a name.

First Name Affix Patronymic
Peter -son, -sen Peterson, Petersen
Patrick Fitz- Fitzpatrick
Hugh -es Hughes
Donald Mac, Mc MacDonald, McDonald
Ilya -ich Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Hernando -ez Hernández
Kevork -ian Kevorkian

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