In the early days of Rome, the father, not the mother, would
decide whether a child would live or die. If the father chose, the child could
be abandoned to die. When a child was eight or nine days old, the father chose
a name for the child. Three names would be given to a boy. The child's first
name was a personal name, the second was that of their clan, and the third name
was the family name. Girls were only given one name in early Rome, but later
a second name was added, which was the family name.
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