Roman Nomenclature "What's in a name? That which we call a roseBy any other name would smell as sweet." Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
Viri • Praenomen=1st name for a Roman male • equivalent to first name • Only 18 at the time of Iulius Caesar • Usually abbreviated
Viri • Nomen=family name of the Roman male • Equivalent to your last name • Most important part of your name for political purposes
Viri • Cognomen=nickname for the Roman male • E.g.=naso=big nose • brutus=stupid,dull • caesar=bald • crassus=stout,solid • cicero=chickpea
Viri • Agnomen=a name granted to a man for an outstanding deed • E.g.=P. Cornelius Scipio Africanus • defeated Hannibal in 201BC at Zama, Africa
Quid nomenmihiest?C. Iulius Caesar Octavianus AugustusDiviFilius
Feminae • Women only have one part to a name. • This one part is derived from the feminine form of the family’s “nomen.” • Name does not change when she marries.