nomen est omen
The origin of this saying is attributed to the Roman playwright Plautus. In his play “Persa” the slave Toxilus lures his owner, Dordalus, to buy an expensive slave-girl named Lucris (“profits”), saying, “Nōmen atque ōmen quantīvīs iam est pretī” (“The name and the omen are worth any price”).
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈnoː.men est ˈoː.men/, [ˈnoː.mɛn ɛst̪ ˈoː.mɛn]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈno.men est ˈo.men/, [ˈnɔː.mɛn ɛst̪ ˈɔː.mɛn]
- The name is a sign, the name speaks for itself.