Talk:patrimony

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What is the Latin word derived from?[edit]

I wonder whether it is true that Latin patrimonium is derived from Latin pater `father' and Greek nomos `law, custom', as written in the Portuguese Wikipedia -- w:pt:Patrimônio:

A palavra patrimônio contém dois vocábulos: "pater" e "nomos". "Pater" significa, etimologicamente, o chefe de família e, em um sentido mais amplo, os nossos antepassados. Vincula-se, portanto, aos bens, ou heranças por eles deixados e que podem ser de ordem material ou imaterial. "Nomos" significa, em grego, lei, usos e costumes relacionados à origem, tanto de uma família quanto de uma cidade.

The second part looks doubtful.--Imz 22:22, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

I've written the etymology for patrimony. The second half of patrinomium is definitely not from Greek, but rather from some Latin suffix -monium which I was not able to find much information on. Sorry. Atelaes 23:52, 13 February 2008 (UTC)
Thanks to everybody who helped!--Imz 22:09, 22 March 2008 (UTC)

More discussion is at WT:TR#Etymology of "patrimonium".--Imz 22:14, 22 March 2008 (UTC)

Great, but putting the link to that discussion inside the ===Etymology=== section is not really the common practice around here.. --Ivan Štambuk 08:08, 23 March 2008 (UTC)