ETYM as. nama.
1. The word by which things are known or identified; SYN. noun, word.
2. The proper noun by which people or places are known; SYN. moniker, sobriquet, handle.
3. Family based on male descent; SYN. gens.
4. By the sanction or authority of.
5. A person's reputation.
6. A well-known person; SYN. figure.
7. A defamatory or abusive word or phrase; SYN. epithet.
ETYM Latin patronymicus, Greek; pater father + onom name: cf. French patronymique.
A name derived with an affix (such as -son in English or o'- in Irish) from the name of one's father or a paternal ancestor.
(name) derived from father or ancestors; surname, especially formed by addition of suffix (as -son, etc.) to father's name.
ETYM Pref. sur + name; really a substitution for Old Eng. sournoun, from French surnom. Related to Sur-, and Noun, Name.
The name used to identify the members of a family (as distinguished from each member's given name); SYN. family name, cognomen, last name.