Wednesday, April 29, 2015


=  last name of roman origins 
( vs. cyrillic &/or slavic )

The cognomen (/kɒɡˈnmən/, Latin: [koːŋˈnoːmen]

Latin plural cōgnōminacon- "together with" and (g)nōmen "name") refers to the third name of a citizen of ancient Rome, under Roman naming conventions

The cognomen started as a nickname, but lost that purpose when it became hereditary. 

Hereditary cognomina were used to augment the second name (the family name, or clan name) in order to identify a particular branch within a family or family within a clan. 

Outside of this particular use of the word, the term has taken on a variety of other meanings in the contemporary era.

Source: wikipedia 

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