Nomen Law and Legal Definition

Broadly speaking Nomen can be any name. In Roman law it refers to a personal name. A Roman citizen generally had three names: a praenomen which is the “first name”, a nomen “the name of the family group”, and cognomen “a surname”. Historically, it referred to the first name of a person.

Nomen indicates a person’s gens. In civil law, it is the designation of a person. The nomen is different from the descriptive title of a person. Descriptive title includes, his/her family name, individual name or surname.