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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.]


adj, n
a less common word for metronymic


(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-]

metronymic, matronymic

a name derived from a mother or a female ancestor. Cf. patronymic.
See also: Names
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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The matronymics comprise organizational misbehavior, non-compliant behavior, antisocial behavior, workplace deviance, dysfunctional workplace behavior, counterproductive behavior, employee vice, workplace aggression, organizational retaliation behavior, and organization-motivated aggression (Peterson, 2002; Robinson & Greenberg, 1998).
They are the most common type of matronymics, and typically come in the form of female given names used as surnames, without the addition of "son" or "daughter.
229) Considering the virtual nonexistence of active matronymic naming (230) today--and largely based on tradition, no less--this is remarkable, and it reinforces the widespread use of matronymics in the 14th century.
When Canon Bardsley in 1901 first pointed out the existence of matronymics in English history, the suggestion was not only rejected outright but considered offensive, for the assumption was that the only possible reason for the existence of any matronymics would have been the birth of illegitimate children; his contention thus suggested the moral degradation of English culture.
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.