patronymic

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From Ancient Greek πατήρ (patḗr, father) + ὄνομα (ónoma, name).

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patronymic (not comparable)

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

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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.

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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
Pyotr -ovich Petrovich
Sergey -evich Sergeyevich
Ilya -ichna Ilyinichna
Pyotr -ovna Petrovna
Sergey -evna Sergeyevna
Hernando -ez Hernández
Kevork -ian Kevorkian

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