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Patronymic surname

A patronymic surname is a surname originated from the name of the father. Different cultures have different ways of producing patronymic surnames.

For example, early patronymic

As an example of Anglicization, the name Llywelyn ap Gruffydd was turned into Llywelyn Gruffydds; i.e., the "ap" meaning "son of" was replaced by the genitive suffix "-s." Some Welsh surnames, such as John or Howell, did not acquire the suffix "-s." In some other cases the suffix was affixed to the surname much later: 18th or 19th century.[1] Likewise, in some cases the "ap" coalesced into the name in some form, as in Broderick (ap Rhydderch), Price (ap Rhys) and Upjohn (ap John).[2][3]

See also


  1. ^ David Hey (2006). Family Names and Family History, pp.92-93. ISBN 1852855509.
  2. ^ Charles P. G. Scott, "English words which have gained or lost and initial consonant by attraction", Transactions of the American Phililogical Society, vol. 25, pp. 82-139 (esp. pp. 91-106).
  3. ^ P. H. Reaney, Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd ed., Routledge, 1991, pp. 462, 3213.

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