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 (măt′rə-nĭm′ĭk) also me·tro·nym·ic (mē′trə-, mĕt′rə-)
Of, relating to, or derived from the name of one's mother or maternal ancestor.
A name so derived.

[Greek mātrōnumikos, dialectal variant of mētrōnumikos : mētēr, mētr-, mother; see metro- + onuma, name; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots.]
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adj, n
a less common word for metronymic
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(ˌmæ trəˈnɪm ɪk)

1. derived from the name of a mother or other female ancestor.
2. a matronymic name.
[1785–95; alter. of metronymic, by influence of patronymicand matri-]
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metronymic, matronymic

a name derived from a mother or a female ancestor. Cf. patronymic.
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Noun1.matronymic - a name derived from the name of your mother or a maternal ancestormatronymic - a name derived from the name of your mother or a maternal ancestor
name - a language unit by which a person or thing is known; "his name really is George Washington"; "those are two names for the same thing"
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In literature, deviant workplace behavior is used under different matronymics. Although the concepts are kindred, there may still be slim differences among them.
Catalina names the boy Domingo Diaz Puilja, an insistence on matronymics, rather than patronymics, so that her name might continue.
Perhaps this explains the use of matronymics instead of the patronyms expected in Semitic societies.
In order to differentiate them, the scribe has written Namhani son of Ama-gu-la and Namhani son of Ama-ti, that is, he included their matronymics. Perhaps the fathers were unknown or less important in this context than the mothers.
Nevertheless, a surprising number of matronymic surnames--those representing and passed down from women--have survived to this day, although they represent a small minority of the surnames currently in existence and are almost entirely unrecognized as originating from women.
(180) Charles Bardsley had noted the prevalence of historical matronymic English names in his 1873 Our English Surnames, their Sources and Significations, (181) He received such a scathing response to the suggestion in a review by The Guardian that he spent some time in the preface to the second edition defending the point, identifying multiple historical examples as evidence.
These names could be patronymic (from the father), matronymic (from the mother), or neither; the specific relevant categories consist of patronymic female-specific, matronymic female-specific, matronymic male-specific, matronymic gender-neutral, and female-specific but neither patronymic nor matronymic.
Matronymic Female-Specific Surnames (Mother-Daughter)