Definition of patronymic :
1. A modification of the father's name borne by the son; a name derived from that of a parent or ancestor; as, Pelides, the son of Peleus; Johnson, the son of John; Macdonald, the son of Donald; Paulowitz, the son of Paul; also, the surname of a family; the family name.
2. Derived from ancestors; as, a patronymic denomination.
- He was a widower with a grown- up daughter; his wife, a daughter of the late Sir James Goldsworthy, who changed his ancient family patronymic from Granville to Goldsworthy on inheriting the great fortune of an American kinsman, had died eight years before. - "The Hampstead Mystery", John R. Watson.
- In some cases such names are usually found with the patronymic - s, e. - "The Romance of Names", Ernest Weekley.
- Hasn't she the brain of Socrates- or better, say Minerva, on the bust of Venus, and the remainder of her finished off to an exact resemblance of her patronymic Goddess of the bow and quiver? - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.