Roman Names

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Basic Information:


  • "A Study of the Cognomina of Soldiers in the Roman Legions" - free Google ebook -

  • Trismegistos People - (Trismegistos People is a tool dealing with personal names of non-royal individuals attested as living in Egypt in documentary texts between BC 800 and AD 800, including all languages and scripts written on any surface.)



Precedents of the SCA College of Arms -

Morsulus Heralds Website - (to search the LoARs and Precedents)

Restatement Wiki - (restatements of Precedents)

Use the above links to be sure any precedents listed below haven't been superseded by newer precedents.

Collected Name Precedents: Roman -</span>

March 2014 Cover Letter: Legion XXIV and Acceptable Sources for Roman Names

In January, we made the following ruling:

  • Due to the number of mistakes in the Legion XXIV "Roman Names" article, it should not be used as the sole documentation for a name element. We recommend instead that submitters use the articles on Roman names found at, such as the recently released "A Simple Guide to Imperial Roman Names" by Ursula Georges. [Quintus Artorius Mica, 01/2014, A-Caid]

This should have also been placed on a Cover Letter. I am correcting this omission.

Additional resources can be found at the Academy of Saint Gabriel site ( Please note that these sources are not no-photocopy, with the exception of the client reports and articles also on the Laurel website.

October 2006 - attested patterns for women

Aureliana Octavia Avita. Name. This name does not follow an attested pattern for either Roman or Byzantine women's names. If analyzed as a Roman name, the name uses the pattern [nomen] + [nomen] + [cognomen]. However, we have no evidence that Roman names used this pattern. The most common pattern for a Roman woman's name is [(father's) nomen (in the feminine form)] + [cognomen]. Likewise, for a Byzantine Greek name, we would expect a given name and a patronymic or family name. We have no examples of a Byzantine woman's name with two given names and a descriptive byname. To make this name registerable, either the first or the second name needs to be dropped; this would provide the Roman [nomen] + [cognomen] style name. However, this is a major change which the submitter will not accept.

From October 2006 - attested patterns for men

Titus Adelphus Lupus. Name. As documentation for this name claimed that the name followed the pattern [praenomen] + [cognomen] + [agnomen]. However, no documentation was submitted and none supplied by the commenters to suggest that such a pattern was found in Roman names. Barring such documentation, names following these patterns are not registerable. To make this name registerable, we suggest adding a nomen. Names of the pattern [praemomen] + [nomen] + [cognomen] + [agnomen] are attested in Roman naming practices; adding a nomen after the praemomen in the submitted name would follow this attested pattern. [[1]]

Roman Name precedents prior to 2004 (as of 9/2012) may be found at: