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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 the Quran, she is one of the few women referred to by name, and Jesus never appears without his matronymic name "Ibn Maryam."
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.
It's hard to say, since she grew up in two cultures, Iceland and Scotland -- her dad is Scottish, hence the surname; she also has an Icelandic matronymic, 'Kristinardottir' -- and never really felt like she fit in.
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.
Of particular note is Statius' matronymic, Atalantiades, (111) a curious hapax legomenon.
And "Bashevis" is a matronymic: Singer's mother's name was Bathsheba, or, in the Yiddish pronunciation, Bas-sheve; "Bashevis" is the possessive form of his mother's name, so "Yitshak Bashevis" might be translated as "Isaac, Bathsheba's son."
Flavia Menandra's matronymic obviously follows in lines II.8-9 (consistent with lines III.10, 13): [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] ...
Unlike the patronymic Wright women who are named for Helene's absent and unmissed husband, the matronymic Peace household is named for the women who, with the exception of Eva's husband, love maleness for its own sake.
From the etymology of her name Penelope is veiled by the yam the spins, materially evident in matronymic attribute (pene = "spindle").
Milton states that if medicine had been able to prevent death, Chiron (here given the matronymic Philyreie (25) - son of the nymph Philyra) would not have been fatally injured by an arrow.(8) Aesculapius (here described in the phrase 'you who were cut from your mother's womb' (28)) would not have been killed by Jupiter's thunderbolt.
In literature, deviant workplace behavior is used under different matronymics. Although the concepts are kindred, there may still be slim differences among them.