Pa`tro*nym"ic (?), a. [L.
patronymicus, Gr. ?; ? father + ? name: cf. F.
patronymique.] Derived from ancestors; as, a
Pa`tro*nym"ic, n. [Gr. ?.] 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. M. A. Lower.