byname

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  • noun

Synonyms for byname

a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name)

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In addition to these names which clearly take a feminine form within the name itself, there are also examples of occupational bynames which are presented in a feminine form by virtue of the article la, which is a French feminine form of "the" sometimes used in early English (le is the male form).
Female occupational bynames ending in "ster" (Webster, for example) therefore began to be used for both sexes interchangeably as well.
When bynames became regularly hereditary around the 15th century, women's names over time were largely superseded by men's--but not so much by the advent of hereditary naming as by the stricter customs surrounding whose names got passed down and whose names survived marriage.
320) The word was adapted from the French, Anglicized as "surname," and used to refer to bynames beginning around the 14th century.
Wilson has added another 4,000 surnames from his own and Reaney's collections, thus improving what was already the most comprehensive compendium of Middle English personal names and bynames.