What is COGNOMEN? Definition of COGNOMEN in Black's Law Dictionary - Legal dictionary - Glossary of legal terms.
In English law. A surname. A name added to the nomen proper, or name of the individual; a name descriptive of the family.
In Roman law. A man's family name.
The first name (prcenomen) was the proper name of the individual; the second (nomen) indicated the gees or tribe to which he belonged; while the third (cognomen) denoted his family or house. The agnomen was added on account of some particular event, as a further distinction. Vicat. See Cas. temp. Hardw. 286; 6 Co. 65.
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