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byname

(ˈbaɪˌneɪm)
n
1. a name that is additional to a person's main name, such as a surname
2. a familiar, pet, or derisory name given to a person, animal, or place
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Noun1.byname - a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name)byname - a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name); "Joe's mother would not use his nickname and always called him Joseph"; "Henry's nickname was Slim"
appellation, appellative, designation, denomination - identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others
Translations
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The more frequently used nicknames are still around; modern surnames such as Small, Short, Long (tall), Swift, Smart, Wise, Thicke, Stern, Fairchild, and Armstrong represent what were once individual characteristics describing the bearer of the name, which went on to become nicknames, bynames, and eventually family names.
Other minor noblemen of the district would take after the Dobrzynskis and resort to nicknames as well; only they called them bynames.
That said, he examines such aspects of medieval personal names in the region as patronyms and metronyms with -son, The North as a mosaic, occupational bynames, topographies, and early-modern comparisons.
One could go on to cite a scattering of other facetious or illustrative bynames for current and recent players, but the effort is hardly worthwhile because they are generally neither particularly amusing, imaginative, or memorable.
Even at the top level of society many men did not possess surnames but were distinguished merely by non-hereditary bynames until long after the Conquest.