Roman Surnames: How they originated.

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The Roman Empire was a vast and powerful empire that dominated the Mediterranean world for over 500 years. The Romans were responsible for many innovations in technology, politics, language, architecture, religion and law. One of the most enduring legacies they left behind is their system of surnames which has been used by people all over the world ever since. However, how did these surnames originate?

In this article we will take a look at some of the possible origins to find out where some common Roman surname come from.

Keywords: roman names, surnames, origins

Body of Content: Roman Surnames Origin #01 The Latin name was a praenomen and the gens (clan or family) would usually be indicated by adding “anus” to it. For example Marcus Tullius is “Marcius Tullianus.” These days we often refer to this as a ‘middle’ name but in ancient Rome, they were just an extra identifier for your clan identity. Romans also had two nomina – their first name and last names which came from either their father’s first letter sound or their mother’s first Worry not, this glossary has alphabetized information wide and deep. If you’re curious about where a particular surname came from then you’re in luck – either use the letter sound search or browse by the letters A-Z!

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Praenomen: In ancient Rome, praenomina were the names given by parents at their children’s birth. The Romans had a limited number of these and they weren’t usually used for more than two or three generations in succession. Example: Marcus Tullius is “Marcius Tullianus.” These days we often refer to this as a ‘middle’ name but in ancient Rome, they were just an extra identifier for your clan identity. When you shared yours with someone else it could help avoid Ordering troops can be confusing when you’re shouting orders on the battlefield. Some people shiver, some jump for joy – but everyone is different when it comes to tough decisions. It’s up to you whether that the thrill of making tough decisions or the stress they carry with them is preferable…what say you?

The Roman naming convention was a way of indicating the family’s history, their godparents and any other notable members. A person might take on their father’s name or perhaps someone else in his clan (if he didn’t have a son). They would then differentiate themselves by adding an extra identifier for membership within that lineage: Marcus Tullius is “Marcius Tullianus.” These days we often refer to this as a ‘middle’ name but in ancient Rome it was just an extra identifier for your clan identity. When you shared yours with someone else it could help avoid Ordering troops can be confusing when you’re shouting orders on the The battlefield is a place that does not just unite those fighting for one cause, but also occupies the minds of people who wanted to be standing there. Wars are no longer fought out in open fields and done with sabres or canons; they’re fought almost exclusively on computer screens, where artificial intelligence battles itself, often using trolls to attack programmed enemies.

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It also mentions that when you drop your surname there might be an extra identifier for clan lineage–Marcus Tullius became Marcius Tullianus In ancient Rome because Marcus was just his personal name whereas ‘Tullius.

Roman Surnames:

  • Abronius
  • Abudius
  • Aburius
  • Accius
  • Accoleius
  • Acerronius
  • Acilius
  • Aconius
  • Actorius
  • Acutius
  • Aebutius
  • Aedinius 
  • Aelius
  • Aemilius
  • Afinius
  • Afranius or Afrenius
  • Agorius
  • Albanius
  • Albatius
  • Albinius
  • Albius
  • Albinovanus
  • Albucius or Albutius
  • Alfenus
  • Alfius
  • Alienus
  • Allectius
  • Amafinius
  • Amatius
  • Ambrosius
  • Ampius
  • Ampudius
  • Ancharius
  • Anicius
  • Annaeus
  • Anneius
  • Annius
  • Anquirinnius
  • Antistius
  • Antius
  • Antonius
  • Apisius
  • Aponius
  • Appius
  • Appuleius
  • Apronius
  • Apustius
  • Aquillius
  • Aquinius
  • Arellius
  • Arennius
  • Arminius or Armenius
  • Arpineius
  • Arrecinus
  • Arrius
  • Arruntius
  • Arsinius
  • Articuleius
  • Artorius
  • Asconius
  • Asellius
  • Asinius
  • Ateius
  • Aternius
  • Atius
  • Atilius
  • Atinius
  • Atrius
  • Attius — see Atius
  • Audasius
  • Aufeius
  • Aufidius
  • Aulius
  • Aurelius
  • Aurius
  • Aurunculeius
  • Ausonius
  • Autronius
  • Avianus
  • Avidius
  • Avienus
  • Avilius
  • Avius
  • Axius
  • B[edit]
  • Babrius
  • Baebius
  • Balventius
  • Bantius
  • Barbatius
  • Barrius
  • Bavius
  • Bellicius
  • Bellienus
  • Bellius
  • Betilienus
  • Betitius
  • Betucius
  • Betuus
  • Blandius
  • Blossius
  • Boionius
  • Bruttius
  • Bucculeius
  • Burbuleius
  • Burrienus
  • C[edit]
  • Caecilius
  • Caecina
  • Caecius
  • Caedicius
  • Caelius
  • Caeparius
  • Caepasius
  • Caerellius
  • Caesellius
  • Caesennius
  • Caesetius
  • Caesius
  • Caesonius
  • Caesulenus
  • Caetronius
  • Calavius
  • Calesterna
  • Calidius
  • Calpurnius
  • Calvenus
  • Calventius
  • Calvisius
  • Campatius
  • Canidius
  • Caninius
  • Canius
  • Cantilius
  • Cantius
  • Canuleius
  • Canutius
  • Carfulenus
  • Carisius
  • Caristanius
  • Carius
  • Carpinatius
  • Carrinas
  • Carteius
  • Carvilius
  • Casperius
  • Cassius
  • Castricius
  • Castrinius
  • Catienus
  • Catilius
  • Catius
  • Ceionius
  • Centenius
  • Ceppuleius
  • Cestius
  • Cicereius
  • Cilnius
  • Cincius
  • Cispius
  • Classidius
  • Claudius or Clodius
  • Cloelius or Cluilius
  • Cluentius
  • Clutorius
  • Cluvius or Clovius
  • Cocceius
  • Coelius
  • Cominius
  • Condetius
  • Consentius
  • Considius
  • Consius
  • Coponius
  • Cordius
  • Corfidius
  • Cornelius
  • Cornificius
  • Coruncanius
  • Cosconius
  • Cossinius
  • Cossutius
  • Cotius
  • Cottius
  • Crassitius
  • Crepereius
  • Critonius
  • Cupiennius
  • Curiatius
  • Curius
  • Curtilius
  • Curtius
  • Cusinius
  • Cuspius
  • D[edit]
  • Decentius
  • Decidius
  • Decimius
  • Decitius
  • Decius
  • Dellius
  • Didius
  • Digitius
  • Dillius
  • Domitius
  • Dubius
  • Duilius
  • Durmius
  • Duronius
  • E[edit]
  • Eggius
  • Egilius
  • Egnatius
  • Egnatuleius
  • Egrilius
  • Elvius
  • Ennius
  • Epidius
  • Eppius
  • Equitius
  • Erucius
  • Expentanius
  • F[edit]
  • Fabius
  • Fabricius
  • Fadius
  • Faenius
  • Falcidius
  • Falerius
  • Faminius
  • Fannius
  • Farsuleius
  • Faucius
  • Favonius
  • Fidiculanius
  • Firmius
  • Flaminius
  • Flavinius
  • Flavius
  • Floridius
  • Florius
  • Fonteius
  • Foslius
  • Fufetius
  • Fuficius
  • Fufidius
  • Fufius
  • Fulcinius
  • Fulginas
  • Fulvius
  • Fundanius
  • Furius
  • Furnius
  • G[edit]
  • Gabinius
  • Galerius
  • Gallius
  • Gargonius
  • Gavius
  • Geganius
  • Gellius
  • Geminius
  • Genucius
  • Gessius
  • Glicius
  • Granius
  • Gratidius
  • Gratius
  • H[edit]
  • Haterius
  • Heius
  • Helvidius
  • Helvius
  • Herennius
  • Herennuleius
  • Herminius
  • Hirrius
  • Hirtius
  • Hirtuleius
  • Horatius
  • Hordeonius
  • Hortensius
  • Hosidius
  • Hostilius
  • Hostius
  • I–J[edit]
  • Iccius
  • Icilius
  • Insteius
  • Jallius
  • Julius
  • Junius
  • Juventius
  • L[edit]
  • Laberius
  • Labienus
  • Lacerius
  • Laecanius
  • Laelius
  • Laenius
  • Laetilius
  • Laetorius
  • Lafrenius
  • Lamponius
  • Laronius
  • Lartius or Larcius
  • Latinius
  • Lavinius
  • Lemonius
  • Lentidius
  • Lepidius
  • Libertius
  • Liburnius
  • Licinius
  • Ligarius
  • Livinius
  • Livius
  • Lollius
  • Longinius
  • Lucceius
  • Lucienus
  • Lucilius
  • Lucius
  • Lucretius
  • Lurius
  • Luscius
  • Lusius
  • Lutatius
  • M[edit]
  • Macrinius
  • Maecenas
  • Maecilius
  • Maecius
  • Maelius
  • Maenas
  • Maenius
  • Maevius
  • Magius
  • Mallius
  • Mamercius
  • Mamilius
  • Manilius
  • Manlius
  • Marcius
  • Marius
  • Martinius
  • Matienus
  • Matinius
  • Matius
  • Matrinius
  • Maximius
  • Memmius
  • Menenius
  • Menius
  • Mescinius
  • Messienus
  • Messius
  • Mestrius
  • Metilius
  • Mettius
  • Milonius
  • Mimesius
  • Minatius
  • Minicius
  • Minidius
  • Minius
  • Minucius
  • Modius
  • Mucius
  • Mummius
  • Munatius
  • Munius
  • Murrius
  • Mussidius
  • Mustius
  • Mutius
  • N[edit]
  • Naevius
  • Nasennius
  • Nasidienus
  • Nasidius
  • Nautius
  • Neratius
  • Nerfinius
  • Nerius
  • Nigidius
  • Ninnius
  • Nipius
  • Nonius
  • Norbanus
  • Novellius
  • Novius
  • Numerius
  • Numicius
  • Numisius
  • Numitorius
  • Nummius
  • Numonius
  • Nymphidius
  • O[edit]
  • Obellius
  • Obultronius
  • Occius
  • Oclatinius
  • Oclatius
  • Octavenus
  • Octavius
  • Ofanius
  • Ofilius
  • Ogulnius
  • Ollius
  • Opellius
  • Opetreius
  • Opimius
  • Opisius
  • Opiternius
  • Oppidius
  • Oppius
  • Opsidius
  • Opsilius
  • Opsius
  • Oranius
  • Orbicius
  • Orbilius
  • Orchius
  • Orcivius
  • Orfidius
  • Orfius
  • Orosius
  • Oscius
  • Ostorius
  • Otacilius
  • Ovidius
  • Ovinius
  • P[edit]
  • Paccius
  • Pacidius
  • Pacilius
  • Paconius
  • Pactumeius
  • Pacuvius
  • Palfurius
  • Palpellius
  • Pantuleius
  • Papinius
  • Papirius
  • Papius
  • Pasidienus
  • Pasidius
  • Passienus
  • Patulcius
  • Pedanius
  • Pedius
  • Peducaeus
  • Peltrasius
  • Percennius
  • Perperna or Perpenna
  • Persius
  • Pescennius
  • Petillius or Petellius
  • Petreius
  • Petronius
  • Petrosidius
  • Pilius
  • Pinarius
  • Pinnius
  • Pisentius
  • Placidius
  • Plaetorius
  • Plaguleius
  • Plancius
  • Plarius
  • Plautius or Plotius
  • Pleminius
  • Plinius
  • Poetelius
  • Pollius
  • Pompeius
  • Pompilius
  • Pomponius
  • Pomptinus
  • Pontidius
  • Pontificius
  • Pontilienus
  • Pontilius
  • Pontius
  • Popaedius
  • Popidius
  • Poppaeus
  • Porcius or Portius
  • Postumius
  • Postumulenus
  • Potitius
  • Praecilius
  • Praeconius
  • Precius
  • Priscius
  • Procilius
  • Proculeius
  • Propertius
  • Proxinius
  • Publicius
  • Publilius
  • Pupius
  • Q-R[edit]
  • Quartinius
  • Quartius
  • Quinctilius
  • Quinctius
  • Quirinius
  • Rabirius
  • Rabonius
  • Rabuleius
  • Racilius
  • Raecius
  • Ragonius
  • Rammius
  • Ranius
  • Rasinius
  • Reginius
  • Remmius
  • Rennius
  • Resius
  • Romanius
  • Romilius or Romulius
  • Romogillius
  • Roscius
  • Rubellius
  • Rubrenus
  • Rubrius
  • Rufinius
  • Rufius
  • Rufrius
  • Rullius
  • Rupilius
  • Rusonius
  • Rusticelius
  • Rustius
  • Rutilius
  • S[edit]
  • Sabellius
  • Sabidius
  • Sabinius
  • Sabucius
  • Saenius
  • Safinius
  • Salienus
  • Sallustius
  • Salonius
  • Saltius
  • Saltorius
  • Salvidienus
  • Salvidius
  • Salvius
  • Salvienus
  • Sammius
  • Sanquinius
  • Sariolenus
  • Sarius
  • Satellius
  • Satrienus
  • Satrius
  • Sattius
  • Saturius
  • Saufeius
  • Scaevilius
  • Scaevinius
  • Scaevius
  • Scandilius
  • Scantinius
  • Scantius
  • Scaptius
  • Scoedius
  • Scuilius
  • Scutarius
  • Scribonius
  • Seccius
  • Secundinius
  • Secundius
  • Sedatius
  • Segulius
  • Seius
  • Selicius
  • Sellius
  • Sempronius
  • Sennius
  • Sentius
  • Seppienus
  • Seppius
  • Septicius
  • Septimius
  • Septimuleius
  • Septueius
  • Sepullius
  • Sepunius
  • Sergius
  • Serius
  • Sertorius
  • Servaeus
  • Servenius
  • Servilius
  • Servius
  • Sestius
  • Severius
  • Sextilius
  • Sextius
  • Sibidienus
  • Sicinius
  • Silicius
  • Silius
  • Silvius
  • Sinicius
  • Sinuleius
  • Sisenna
  • Sittius
  • Socellius
  • Sollius
  • Sornatius
  • Sosius
  • Sotidius
  • Spedioleius[4]
  • Spedius
  • Spellius
  • Spurinna
  • Spurius
  • Staius
  • Statilius
  • Statius
  • Stertinius
  • Suedius
  • Suetonius
  • Suilius or Suillius
  • Sulpicius
  • T[edit]
  • Tadius
  • Tanusius
  • Tapsenna
  • Tarpeius
  • Tarquinius
  • Tarquitius
  • Terrasidius
  • Terentilius
  • Terentius
  • Tertinius
  • Tettidius 
  • Tettiedius
  • Tettienus
  • Tettius
  • Thorius
  • Tigellius
  • Tineius
  • Titanius
  • Titinius
  • Titius
  • Titurius
  • Tonantius
  • Trebatius
  • Trebellius
  • Trebius
  • Treblanus
  • Trebonius
  • Tremellius
  • Tuccius
  • Tullius
  • Turallasius
  • Turius
  • Turpilius
  • Turullius
  • U-V[edit]
  • Ulpius
  • Umbrius
  • Ummidius
  • Urgulanius
  • Urseius
  • Valerius
  • Varenus
  • Varinius
  • Varisidius
  • Varius
  • Vatinius
  • Vecilius
  • Vedius
  • Velius
  • Velleius
  • Ventidius
  • Vequasius
  • Veranius
  • Verecundius
  • Vergilius 
  • Verginius
  • Verres
  • Verrius
  • Vesnius
  • Vesonius
  • Vestorius
  • Vestricius
  • Vettius
  • Veturius
  • Vibenius
  • Vibidius
  • Vibius
  • Vicirius
  • Victorinius
  • Victorius or Vitorius
  • Victricius
  • Viducius
  • Vigilius
  • Villius
  • Vinicius
  • Vinius
  • Vipsanius
  • Vipstanus
  • Viridius
  • Virius
  • Visellius
  • Vistilius or Vestilius
  • Vitellius
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  • Vitruvius
  • Voconius
  • Volcacius or Volcatius
  • Volumnius
  • Volusenna
  • Volusenus
  • Volusius
  • Vorenius
  • Vulius
  • See also[edit]
  • List of Roman gentes
  • Roman naming conventions
  • Praenomen
  • List of Roman cognomina
  • Roman victory title
  • List of Imperial Roman victory titles
  • Roman tribe
  • Roman Republic
  • Roman Empire
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  • Umbra 
  • Viverra 
  • Veronica
  • Vesta 
  • Asta
  • Atropos .
  • Clotho .
  • Cynthia 
  • Desdemona
  • Echo 
  • Elissa 
  • Galatea 
  • Ivy 
  • Letha 
  • Lotus 
  • Megaera 
  • Melantha\
  • Melia 
  • Melina 
  • Melinda
  • Nerine 
  • Nerissa 
  • Nona 
  • Nyx 
  • Parca 
  • Pearl 
  • Rhea 
  • Selena 
  • Vanessa 
  • Venilia 
  • Zora 
  • Adélaïde 
  • Adrienne 
  • Adora
  • Aida
  • Alette
  • Alexandra 
  • Amarante
  • Aurore 
  • Belle 
  • Blanche 
  • Camille
  • Céleste 
  • Cendrine 
  • Charlotte 
  • Denise
  • Désirée 
  • Edith 
  • Esmée 
  • Evangeline 
  • Faye 
  • Gemma
  • Hélène
  • Honoria 
  • Irènèe 
  • Isabelle
  • Jacqueline 
  • Justine 
  • Kalliroe 
  • Leala (leh-la) 
  • Léonie 

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