Example sentences for: patronymics

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  • Many family names are patronymics, so called because they are based on the first name of some long-ago father.

  • English patronymics fall into three common types: 1) the father's name alone, John Will; 2) the father's name plus possessive -s , John Williams or Wills , meaning, in effect, William's John; and 3) the father's name plus -son , John Williamson or Wilson .

  • ¹The first anthology was entitled Pubs, Place-Names and Patronymics: Selected Papers of the Names Institute, edited by E. Wallace McMullen (FDU, 1980. Covers 1962-1979.) and is still in print.

  • For example, over 285 names appear under George . Moreover, within each entry the names are broken down according to form and structure--for example, variants, cognates, diminutives, augmentatives, patronymics, and patronymics from diminutives-- with further classification (according to language) and comment.

  • The patronymics of powerful tribes such as Howard, Clarence, Cecil, Percy, Douglas, Bruce, Tudor , and Stuart are all seen as masculine.

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