Example sentences for: patronymics

How can you use “patronymics” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • But Gib, Phip , and Wat survive in patronymics: Gibson, Gibbons, Gibbs; Phipps; Watson, Watkins, Watts .

  • 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.

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

  • 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 .

  • Many of the resulting forms remain current as nicknames (or indeed as names in their own right), others are preserved only in patronymics, and still others have vanished entirely.


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