Cognomen meaning

kŏg-nōmən
A name, especially a descriptive nickname or epithet acquired through usage over a period of time.
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The third or family name of an ancient Roman (Ex.: Marcus Tullius Cicero)
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Any family name; surname; last name.
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Any name; esp., a nickname.
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The third part of the name of a citizen of ancient Rome.
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A nickname or epithet by which someone is identified; a byname; a moniker or sobriquet.
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Origin of cognomen

  • Latin cognōmen co-, con- co- (influenced by cognōscere to know) nōmen name nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin co- (“together, with”) + nōmen (“name”).

    From Wiktionary