Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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)

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek πατήρ (patēr, "father") + ὄνομα (onoma, "name"). (Wiktionary)

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