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A nomen gentilicium indicates which gens a Roman belongs to. A gens is a loose collection of families sharing the same nomen. It is the middle part of the tria nomina, i.e., the three-part Roman name. The nomen was the most important element in the Roman naming system: it was the component of name that was inherited and also indicated the position of the gens in the state, its antiquity and sometimes ist origin. Indeed, the majority of nomina gentilicia come from names of tribes.

An original Latin-Roman nomen normally ended in "-ius" or "-aeus", and it was derived from a praenomen or a cognomen. Some nomina were derived from place names or from names of tribes.

Nomina with the following endings indicated a non-Latin origin:

  • -acus: Gallic;
  • -na, -nius: Etruscan; e. g.: Porsenna, Spurinna, Caecina, Perperna, Vibenna, Ergenna, Mastarna;
  • -idius: Oscan;
  • -ienus: Umbrian or Picene origin; e. g.: Labienus, Salvidienus.

Inheritance

Inheritance of the nomen is patrilinear, that is, from the father.

List of Nomina

The nomina are listed in their male forms. To make the female form, just replace the ending "-us" with "-a".


Acilius

Aebutius

Aelius

Aemilius

Albius

Amatius

Annaeus

Anneius

Annius

Antonius

Arrius

Artorius

Asinius

Atilius

Atius

Aurelius

Autronius

Caecilius

Caedicius

Caelius

Calidius

Calpurnius

Cassius

Claudius

Cloelius

Cocceius

Cominius

Cornelius

Coruncanius

Curiatius

Curius

Curtius

Decius

Didius

Domitius

Duilius

Durmius

Equitius

Fabius

Fabricius

Fannius

Flavius

Fulvius

Furius

Gabinius

Galerius

Geganius

Gellius

Geminius

Genucius

Gratius

Herennius

Hirtius

Horatius

Hortensius

Hostilius

Iulius

Iunius

Iuventius

Laelius

Lartius

Licinius

Livius

Lucilius

Lucretius

Manlius

Marcius

Marius

Memmius

Menenius

Minicius

Minius

Minucius

Modius

Mucius

Naevius

Nautius

Numerius

Numicius

Octavius

Ovidius

Papirius

Petronius

Pinarius

Pompeius

Pompilius

Pontius

Popillius

Porcius

Postumius

Quinctilius

Quinctius

Rubellius

Rufius

Rutilius

Sallustius

Salonius

Salvius

Scribonius

Seius

Sempronius

Sentius

Sergius

Sertorius

Servilius

Sextius

Sicinius

Suetonius

Sulpicius

Tarpeius

Tarquitius

Terentius

Titinius

Titurius

Tuccius

Tullius

Ulpius

Valerius

Vedius

Velleius

Vergilius

Verginius

Vibius

Villius

Vipsanius

Vitellius

Vitruvius

Volumnius



References


    Personal Names in the Roman World

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    Clive Cheesman. (November 30, 2008). Duckworth Publishers. ISBN 0715636189
    Paperback, 160 pages Contributed by Agricola
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