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Roman Names. How Roman Names Worked. The Roman word for “name” was “ nomen ”---like you see on your class handouts and tests. Roman men usually had 3 names:. Marcus Flavius Aquila. How Roman Names Worked. The first name was the PRAENOMEN (think “pre-name”)

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how roman names worked
How Roman Names Worked
  • The Roman word for “name” was “nomen”---like you see on your class handouts and tests.
  • Roman men usually had 3 names:

Marcus

Flavius

Aquila

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How Roman Names Worked
  • The first name was the PRAENOMEN (think “pre-name”)
  • This was his “personal” name, used by family and close friends

Would never address him by “Marcus”

Marcus

Flavius

Aquila

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How Roman Names Worked
  • The second name was the NOMEN
  • This was his family name. It worked like our “last names” work today

Marcus

Flavius

Aquila

Would also be a “Flavius” as his dad’s brother

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How Roman Names Worked
  • The third name was the COGNOMEN
  • This told what particular branch of your family you were.

Marcus

Flavius

Aquila

He’s just “Esca.” He’s not Roman. But wait…

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How Roman Names Worked
  • Freed slaves often took the praenomen and nomen of their masters, and used their original name as a cognomen.

Wouldn’t be happy to know Esca got a cool new Roman name.

Marcus

Flavius

Esca

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How Roman Names Worked: Girls
  • Girls used the feminine form of their father’s nomen. Nicknames could be added.

Her name would be “Flavia” if she were Marcus’ sister or daughter.

Marcus

Flavius

Aquila=

Flavia

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Make Your Roman Name!Put your Roman name on 1 side of the card and your real name on the other side and turn in to Mrs. Sellers!Be sure to write down your Roman name for yourself!

  • BOYS:
    • Pick 1 PRAENOMEN
    • Pick 1 NOMEN
    • Pick 1 COGNOMEN (Male Form)
    • Put them in that order.
  • GIRLS:
    • Pick 1 NOMEN and change the –us to –a
    • Pick 1 COGNOMEN (Female Form)
    • Put them in that order
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