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Monday, March 28, 2016

Definitions for cognomen

  1. any name, especially a nickname.
  2. a surname.
  3. the third and commonly the last name of a citizen of ancient Rome, indicating the person's house or family, as “Caesar” in “Gaius Julius Caesar.” Compare agnomen.

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Citations for cognomen
He went by the exclamatory cognomen of "Oh-Oh;" a name bestowed upon him, by reason of the delighted interjections, with which he welcome all accessions to his museum. Herman Melville, Mardi, and a Voyage Thither, 1849
The name she came with, a hoity-toity cognomen handed down through generations of fawn-colored champions, seemed infernally unsuitable for her, like calling a crocodile Daisy Truehart. Richard Starnes, "Epitaph for a Pig," Field & Stream, November 1973
Origin of cognomen
Cognomen derives from the Latin nōmen meaning "name." It entered English in the early 1800s.