mat·​ro·​nym·​ic ˌma-trə-ˈni-mik How to pronounce matronymic (audio)
: a name derived from that of the mother or a maternal ancestor

Word History


matr- + -onymic (as in patronymic)

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of matronymic was in 1794

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“Matronymic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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