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    patronymic - Dictionary definition and meaning for word patronymic

    (noun) a family name derived from name of your father or a paternal ancestor (especially with an affix (such as -son in English or O'- in Irish) added to the name of your father or a paternal ancestor)
    Synonyms : patronym
    (adj) of or derived from a personal or family name
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for patronymic

patr-'father'+onoma-'name', so patronym means NAME DERIVED FROM THE FATHER,SURNAME

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