One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The second personal name of a citizen of ancient Rome that indicated the gens to which he or she belonged, e.g. Marcus Tullius Cicero.
- ‘Maecenas is his nomen or family name.’
- ‘A freed slave generally assumed his former master's praenomen and nomen.’
- ‘I'm not complaining - I'm just wondering why some Roman names (many of the nomens, a few of the praenomens) have gotten so popular in Western Europe and America, while others have been completely forgotten.’
Latin, literally ‘name’.
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.