Roman name

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Roman names were usually of Latin, Greek or Etruscan origin and used in the Roman Empire (ca. 700 BC - 300 AD).

Originally, a Roman name consisted of a praenomen (= first name) and a nomen (= clan name). Later, by 100 BC, a cognomen (= family name) was added. Sometimes, an agnomen (= nickname) was used in addition.

Women did not have their own names but were simply known by a feminine form of their father's nomen. If a father had more than one daughter, the words major and minor or an ordinal number were added in order to distinguish the daughters.