system of naming after the mother's or female line

Phrontistery dictionary. 2013.

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  • metronymy — me·tron·y·my …   English syllables

  • metronymy — mə.ˈtränəmē noun ( es) Etymology: back formation from metronymic : the custom of using matronymics …   Useful english dictionary

  • Names for Names — When my brother and I were little, our parents used to joke that if one of us had been a girl, they could have named us Chris and Alice, so that we would be Chris and Alice Chrisomalis . Fortunately for all concerned, they did not do so, because… …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • metronymic —   a.,n. (name) derived from mother s or ancestress s name; pertaining to descent in the female line.    ♦ metronymy, n. metronymic usage …   Dictionary of difficult words

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