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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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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.
Flavia Menandra's matronymic obviously follows in lines II.
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.
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).
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.