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In American society, most people take on the last name of their father at their birth. This kind of system is known as what?

1 Answer
Feb 24, 2018


A society in which descendents take the name of their father is a patrilineal society. It comes from the word patrus which means father.


Patrus means father.
Matrus means mother. Some societies are matrilineal which means the name of the mother would be passed on rather than the father.