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Derivation of a name of a city, country, era, institution, or other place or thing from that of a person.


the derivation of names of places, etc, from those of persons


(əˈpɒn ə mi)

the derivation of names from eponyms.
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Noun1.eponymy - the derivation of a general name from that of a famous person
derivation - (descriptive linguistics) the process whereby new words are formed from existing words or bases by affixation; "`singer' from `sing' or `undo' from `do' are examples of derivations"
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Cheng is moving from the East Village to 466 Bergen Street, formerly Eponymy.
2) See for instance, Thomas Wheaton Bestor, "Common Properties and Eponymy in Plato," Philosophical Quarterly 23 (1978): 189-207.
Nevertheless [Sacher-]Masoch's continuing fame is not as a philosemite or plagiarist, but for his personal and literary eponymy.
Ehyeh asher Ehyeh is not only a name, it is a sine qua non of functional eponymy.
Thus, too, are characteristics associated with the archetypal bearer of a name (Jezebel, Walter Mitty, Sandwich, Cardigan) transferred as eponymy to apply to a set of humans or objects, in the formation of a common word.
To be sure, other disciplines are much more eponymy prone than is economics.
While the original is dated to the eponymy of "the successor of Puzur-Nirah," whose name was not yet known in Anatolia, the later excerpt (line 6') mentions the new eponym (Amur-Assur), son of [Karria]), whose name had by then become known.