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  1. Roman Names

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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…

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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