Something that's handed down from your father is an example of patrimony, like your name or your antique dining room table.

Use the noun patrimony to describe an inheritance, especially if it comes from your father's side of the family through many generations. If your great-great-grandfather built the house you live in, it is your patrimony. The Latin origin of the word patrimony is pater, or "father," plus mōnium, "state or condition."

Definitions of patrimony
  1. noun
    an inheritance coming by right of birth (especially by primogeniture)
    synonyms: birthright
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    type of:
    heritage, inheritance
    that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner
  2. noun
    a church endowment
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    type of:
    endowment, endowment fund
    the capital that provides income for an institution
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