Galba (Cognomen)

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Galba was a Roman cognomen in the family (gens) of the Sulpicii. The origin of the name was disputed in antiquity: Suetonius cites a derivation from galban resin (galbanum), from galbeum (“armband”), the Gallic term galba for a fat person, or a small worm called galba.[1]

Known bearers of the name were:

  • Galba, Roman Emperor 68-69 AD.
  • Publius Sulpicius Galba Maximus, Consul 211 BC.
  • Servius Sulpicius Galba (Pontifex)
  • Servius Sulpicius Galba (Praetor 187 BC)
  • Servius Sulpicius Galba (Consul 144 BC)
  • Servius Sulpicius Galba (consul 108 BC), son of the previous one
  • Servius Sulpicius Galba (Praetor 54 BC)
  • Gaius Sulpicius Galba (Suffect Consul 5 BC), father of the emperor
  • Gaius Sulpicius Galba (consul 22), brother of the emperor.


  1. Suetonius, Galba 3,1.