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- n. The name of someone's father.
- n. A patronymic surname.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A paternal name; a name derived from one's father or from one's ancestors in the male line.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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)
From Ancient Greek πατήρ (patēr, "father") + ὄνομα (onoma, "name"). (Wiktionary)