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cognomen

(originally) an ancient Roman's third name or nickname, which later became his family name
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started the cognomen, and now it is finding general favor."
About a half-century ago, Smith & Wesson began numerical designation of the growing range of handgun models largely abandoning the familiar cognomens of the early 20th century.
Nonetheless, a reader cannot help but be struck by the similarities between the terrifying struggle of Wright's African American farmer and the tragicomic, Sisyphean endurance of Faulkner's unnamed white protagonist, beginning with the mythically vague cognomens applied to them: Wright's application of the surname "Mann" to the sharecropper indicates his allegorical function and implies that, while his motivations--to protect his family and his home--are that of an Every Man, the circumstances that impede his fulfillment of that gendered role are those which Every Black Man must negotiate.
One of the cognomens of Chairman Mao was "The Great Helmsman." In this part of the world, proven repeatedly over 60 turbulent years, the undisputed Great Helmsman is a quiet, gentle, wise, vastly experienced man named Bhumipol Aydulet, otherwise known as Rama IX, the ninth Chakri Dynasty King of Thailand.
(2) The meaning of the word orv : orva in modern Estonian is 'niche, alcove', but it is difficult to connect this meaning with old cognomens and place names.
(28) Gikatilla's details are the "cognomens," or names of God: these names are the structuring principles of the world through which we glimpse God's purposes, and can therefore be described metaphorically as God's clothing, revealing the outlines of the divine body they conceal.
Let such, if they have money, rescue their names from oblivion by hiring the towns to adopt their cognomens. But there need be no such reminder of Erastus B.
As well as imposing all those diacritical marks on us and hiding the general reader's scant handful of familiar landmarks behind such forbidding corrections as "Malazgirt," Finkel even deprives us of those dimly remembered cognomens for the more egregious of the Sultans: Ibrahim the Mad, Selim the Grim ("known to posterity as 'Yavuz,' 'the Stern,'" Ms.
As I write this, I realize that, were I truthful, my own house should be named "Indifference," "Indulgence," or maybe simply "Greed." Such cognomens might catch something of the web of uncaring and thoughtless consumption that typifies so many lives, my own among them.