Ancient Roman FAQs
The materfamilias, the paterfamilias's wife or mother, was in complete submission to the paterfamilias authority. Although women were seen as citizens in Ancient Rome, they did not hold the same rights as men.
If a couple had a child, it was the father's decision to raise the baby or not. If he walks away then the baby is put away to die. If he picked up the baby, that meant he was willing to raise the child and the child is named right then and there.
Roman names were different from modern names because most roman men had three names. All roman citizens were named after their father's first name. The name ended in -ius for men and -in for women.