matronymic

noun
mat·​ro·​nym·​ic | \ ˌma-trə-ˈni-mik How to pronounce matronymic (audio) \

Definition of matronymic

: a name derived from that of the mother or a maternal ancestor

First Known Use of matronymic

1794, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for matronymic

matr- + -onymic (as in patronymic)

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“Matronymic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/matronymic. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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