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One that is named after another.

[From the phrase for the name's sake.]


1. a person or thing named after another
2. a person or thing with the same name as another
[C17: probably a shortening of the phrase describing people connected for the name's sake]



1. a person named after another.
2. a person having the same name as another.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.namesake - a person with the same name as another
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
سَمِي، شَخْص يَحْمِل نَفْس الأسْم
nafnanafninafni, nafna


[ˈneɪmseɪk] Ntocayo/a m/f, homónimo/a m/f


[ˈneɪmseɪk] nhomonyme mfname tape nmarque f


[ˈneɪmˌseɪk] nomonimo/a


(neim) noun
1. a word by which a person, place or thing is called. My name is Rachel; She knows all the flowers by name.
2. reputation; fame. He has a name for honesty.
1. to give a name to. They named the child Thomas.
2. to speak of or list by name. He could name all the kings of England.
ˈnameless adjective
1. not having a name. a nameless fear.
2. not spoken of by name. The author of the book shall be nameless.
ˈnamely adverb
that is. Only one student passed the exam, namely John.
ˈnameplate noun
a piece of metal, plastic etc with a name on it. You will know his office by the nameplate on the door.
ˈnamesake noun
a person with the same name as oneself.
call (someone) names
to insult (someone) by applying rude names to him.
in the name of
by the authority of. I arrest you in the name of the Queen.
make a name for oneself
to become famous, get a (usually good) reputation etc. He made a name for himself as a concert pianist.
name after , (American) name for
to give (a child or a thing) the name of (another person). Peter was named after his father.
References in periodicals archive ?
In the third chapter the author describes Socrates' two different etymological methods: the semantic method, which is directed at discovering the intentions of the original namegiver; and the mimetic method, which tries to discover the way the elements in a name reveal, through imitation, the essence of what they name.
The name Henttala (1542) is probably derived from a common Finno-Estonian word denoting 'tail; outermost part', thus leaving us without any guidance about the namegivers.
It is noteworthy that even the Swedish namegivers have treated the bays as a pair, distinguishing their names with Stor- 'Big-' and Lill- 'Little-'.