• WordNet 3.6
    • n patronym 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)
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n patronym A paternal name; a name derived from one's father or from one's ancestors in the male line.
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In literature:

It might, however, be shown that by right of true paternity the bantling should have borne a different patronymic.
"John Quincy Adams" by John. T. Morse
It occurs in early Norman times as a personal name, and afterwards as a patronymic.
"Notes and Queries, No. 179. Saturday, April 2, 1853." by Various
His proper patronymic was Macpherson.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
Nothing would induce him to change his patronymic or turn it upside down or inside out.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 1, 1914" by Various
In forming patronymics from personal names, it is not always the first syllable that is selected.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
He showed that as Thraetaona in Persia is the son of Athwya, the patronymic of Trita in the Veda is Aptya.
"Chips From A German Workshop - Volume I" by Friedrich Max Müller
Some of the drivers said that his rightful patronymic was Skelly; but this was a rather obscure matter.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 10" by Various
What, in heaven's name, am I to do wi' this unfortunate patronymic o' mine?
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume III" by Various
Almost all the known ~gene~ bore patronymics derived from personal names.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang
Arminius is a Latinized form of his patronymic Hermanns or Hermansen.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5" by Various
Patronymic forms, and the criticism based on them 68-72 129-131.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
Dodd M'Carthy is like Gorman O'Moore, Grogan O' Dwyer, or any other of the patronymics of ancient Ireland.
"The Dodd Family Abroad, Vol. I.(of II)" by Charles James Lever
Rene-Robert Cavelier, better known by his territorial patronymic of La Salle, was born at Rouen, in Normandy, some time in the year 1643.
"The Canadian Portrait Gallery - Volume 3 (of 4)" by John Charles Dent
Amalung, fifth century, a patronymic form, "son of Amal or Amala," the (perhaps mythical) forerunner of the Goths.
"Surnames as a Science" by Robert Ferguson
The patronymics of most frequent occurrence are Rodrigues, and Goldsmid.
"Social Transformations of the Victorian Age" by T. H. S. (Thomas Hay Sweet) Escott
At one point when she addressed him as Pavel Vassilyevich, as she usually did, he was tempted to ask her to dispense with his patronymic.
"The White Terror and The Red" by Abraham Cahan
Byles is a patronymic of extraordinary rarity.
"Dealings With The Dead" by A Sexton of the Old School
There were no patronymic names.
"Mexico" by Susan Hale
The women do get so savage when you leave a fellow's patronymic vague.
"Miss Hildreth, Volume 1 of 3" by Augusta de Grasse Stevens
He prefixed "Meyer" to his patronymic at the request of a wealthy relative who made him his heir.
"The Complete Opera Book" by Gustav Kobbé

In poetry:

Smith by name, but long forgotten was his legal patronymic,
In a land where every bushman wears some unbaptismal tag;
And, through frequent repetition of a well worn requisition,
"Smith" had long retired in favor of the title, "Got-a-Fag."
"'Got-a-Fag'" by C J Dennis