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On Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 16:39, caeruleancentaur
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> Apropos of patronymics, a friend asked me the etymology of the Greek
> suffix -opoulos on names.  I assumed it was a patronymic suffix.  Does
> anyone know better?

That's my understanding, too. So e.g. Papadopoulos = son of the priest
(papas, papad- + -opoulos); kotopoulo = "chick; chicken (as meat to
eat)" < kota "hen" + -opoulo (neuter form of -opoulos).

Cheers,
-- 
Philip Newton <[log in to unmask]>