The online encyclopedia gets a lot of flak, especially from academics. I’ve never had much problem with it, taking it for what it is and not much more. But I was surfing around preparing an article about this blog (look for it in the Nov-Dec issue of Grand Traverse Woman magazine) and encountered this definition of matrilineal surnames:
“Matrilineal surnames are handed down from mother to daughter, similar to the more familiar patrilineal surnames which are handed down from father to son in patrilineal cultures (or societies). See the article Family name for an in-depth treatment of fathers-line family names or surnames.
Matrilineal surnames don’t merit an in-depth treatment, evidently. Hence the grrr.