Category:Gens Iunia (Nova Roma)
IUNIA or JUNIA GENS, one of the most celebrated of the Roman gentes, was in all probability originally patrician, as we can hardly conceive that the first consul, L. Junius Brutus, connected as he was with the family of the Tarquins, could have been a plebeian, although the latter hypothesis is maintained by Niebuhr. But however this may be, it is certain that, with the exception of the first consul and his sons, all the other members of the gens were plebeians. The family names and surnames which occur in the time of the republic are, Brutus, Bubulcus, Gracchanus, Norbanus, Paciaecus, Pennus, Pera, Pullus and Silanus.
Praenomina commonly used by members of this gens in ancient times were:
- Used by the Iunii Bruti:
- Gaius, Decimus, Lucius, Publius, Marcus.
- Used by the Iunii Silani:
- Gaius, Decimus, Lucius, Marcus.
- Used by other branches of the gens:
- Lucius, Marcus.
In modern times the most common praenomina have been Marcus, Gaius, and Tiberius. The praenomina Titus, Aulus, Gnaeus, Spurius, Servius, Numerius, and Vibius have not been used by the Iunii in the modern era.
Two of the modern Iunii Palladii have been named Decius, which was an ancient Italian praenomen, but the censors' office has, for the moment, closed that name to any new citizens outside that family as it is not a traditional Roman praenomen.