- a surname.
- any name, especially a nickname.
- 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(def 1).
Origin of cognomen
Examples from the Web for cognomen
Historical Examples of cognomen
Swamp Fox was the cognomen bestowed on Marion by the British.
The cognomen was put last, and marked the family; as Cicero, Csar.Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology
Charles K. Dillaway
But when you and I are talking, let us give the Italian cognomen a rest.A Pirate of Parts
In these parts I know only one person who carries that cognomen—one Charles Clancy.The Death Shot
Unlearn him his own cognomen,—teach him another name,—too late, too late.What Will He Do With It, Complete