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Surnames of Famous Doctors

It was customary in the Middle Ages to designate the more celebrated among the doctors by certain epithets or surnames which were supposed to express their characteristic excellence or dignity. This was especially the case with the doctors in law and theology. The following list exhibits the principal surnames with the dates of death.

Doctors in theology
  • AbstractionumFrancis Mayron, O.F.M., 1325 or 1327.
  • AcutissimusSixtus IV, 1484.
  • Acutus — Gabriel Vasquez, S.J., 1604.
  • Amoenus — Robert Conton, O.F.M., 1340.
  • AngelicusSt. Thomas Aquinas, O.P., 1274.
  • Arca testamentiSt. Anthony of Padua, 1231.
  • AuthenticusGregory of Rimini, O.S.A., 1358.
  • Averroista et philosophiae parens — Urbanus, O.S.M., 1403.
  • Beatus et fundatissimus — Ægidius of Colonna, O.S.A., 1316.
  • Bonus — Walter Brinkley, O.F.M., 1310.
  • ChristianusNicholas of Cusa, 1464.
  • ClarusLouis of Montesinos, 1621.
  • Clarus ac subtilis — Denis of Cîteaux, 15th cent.
  • Collectivus — Landolfo Caracciolo, O.F.M., 1351.
  • Columna doctorumWilliam of Champeaux, O.S.B., 1121.
  • Contradictionum — Johann Wessel, 1489.
  • Divinus EcstaticusJohn Ruysbroeck, Can. Reg., 1381.
  • Doctor doctorum ScholasticusAnselm of Laon, 1117.
  • Dulcifluus — Antonius Andreas, O.F.M., 1320.
  • Ecstaticus — Denys the Carthusian, 1471.
  • Eminens — St. John of Matha, O.Trin., 1213.
  • Emporium theologiae — Laurent Gervais, O.P., 1483.
  • Exellentissimus — Antonio Corsetti, 1503.
  • Eximius — Francisco Francisco Suárez, S.J., 1617.
  • Facundus — Petrus Aureoli, O.F.M., 1322.
  • Famosissimus — Petrus Alberti, O.S.B., 1426.
  • Famosus — Bertrand de la Tour, O.F.M., 1334.
  • Fertilis — Francis of Candia, O.F.M., 15th cent.
  • Flos mundi — Maurice O'Fiehely, O.F.M. Abp of Tuam, 1513.
  • Fundamentalis — Joannes Faber of Bordeaux, 1350.
  • Fundatissimus — see Beatus.
  • Fundatus — William Ware, O.F.M., 1270.
  • Illibatus — Alexander Alamannicus, O.F.M., 15th cent.
  • IlluminatusFrancis Mayron, O.F.M., 1325-27; Raymond Lully, O.F.M., 1315.
  • Illuminatus et sublimisJoannes Tauler, O.P., 1361.
  • Illustratus — Franciscus Picenus, O.F.M., 14th cent.
  • IllustrisAdam of Marisco, O.F.M., 1308.
  • Inclytus — William Mackelfield, O.P., 1300.
  • Ingeniosissimus — Andrew of Newcastle, O.F.M., 1300.
  • Inter Aristotelicos AristotelicissimusHaymo of Faversham, O.F.M., 1244.
  • Invincibilis — Petrus Thomas, O.F.M., 14th cent.
  • IrrefragibilisAlexander of Hales, O.F.M., 1245.
  • Magister SententiarumPeter Lombard, 1164.
  • MagnusAlbertus Magnus, O.P., 1280; Gilbert of Cîteaux, O.Cist, 1280.
  • MarianusSt. Anselm of Canterbury, O.S.B., 1109.
  • Mellifluus — Bernard, O.Cist, 1153.
  • Mirabilis — Antonio Perez, S.J., 1649; Roger Bacon, O.F.M., 1294.
  • MoralisGerard Eudo, O.F.M., 1349.
  • Notabilis — Pierre de l'Ile, O.F.M., 14th cent.
  • Ordinatissimus — Johannes de Bassolis, O.F.M., c. 1347.
  • Ornatissimus et sufficiens — Petrus de Aquila, O.F.M., 1344.
  • Parisiensis — Guy de Perpignan, O.Carm, 1342.
  • Planus et utilis — Nicolas de Lyre, O.F.M., 1340.
  • Praeclarus — Peter of Kaiserslautern, O.Praem, 1330.
  • PraestantissimusThomas Netter (of Walden), O.Carm, 1431.
  • Profundissimus — Paul of Venice, O.S.A., 1428; Gabriel Biel, Can. Reg., 1495; Juan Alfonso Curiel, O.S.B., 1609.
  • ProfundusThomas Bradwardine, 1349.
  • RefulgidusAlexander V, 1410.
  • Resolutissimus — Durandus of Saint-Pourcain, O.P., 1334.
  • ResolutusJohn Bacon, O.Carm., 1346.
  • ScholasticusPeter Abelard, 1142; Gilbert de la Porrée, 1154; Peter Lombard, 1164; Peter of Poitiers, 1205; Hugh of Newcastle, O.F.M., 1322.
  • SeraphicusSt. Bonaventure, O.F.M., 1274.
  • Singularis et invincibilisWilliam of Occam, O.F.M., 1347 or 1359.
  • SolemnisHenry of Ghent, 1293.
  • Solidus CopiosusRichard of Middleton, O.F.M., 1300.
  • Speculativus — James of Viterbo, O.S.A., 1307.
  • Sublimis — Francis de Bachone, O.Carm., 1372; Jean Courte-Cuisse, 1425.
  • SubtilisDuns Scotus, O.F.M., 1308.
  • Subtilissimus — Peter of Mantua, 14th cent.
  • Succinctus — Francis of Ascoli, c. 1344.
  • Universalis — Alanus of Lille, 1202; Gilbert, Bishop. of London, 1134.
  • Venerabilis et ChristianissimusJean Gerson, 1429.
  • VenerandusGeoffroy de Fontibus, O.F.M., 1240.
  • Vitae Arbor — Johannes Wallensis, O.F.M., 1300
Doctors in law
  • Aristotelis Anima — Johannes Dondus, 1380.
  • Doctor a Doctoribus — Antonius Franciscus, 1528.
  • Fons Canonum — Johannes Andrea, 1348.
  • Fons Juris UtriusqueHenry of Susa (Ostia), 1267-81.
  • Lucerna Juris — Baldus de Ubaldis, 1400.
  • Lucerna Juris Pontificii — Nicholas Tedeschi, O.S.B., 1445.
  • Lumen JurisClement IV, 1268.
  • Lumen LegumIrnerius, 13th cent.
  • Memoriosissimus — Ludovicus Pontanus, 1439.
  • Monarcha Juris — Bartholomew of Saliceto, 1412.
  • Os Aureum — Bulgarus, 1166.
  • Pacificus (Proficuus)Nicolas Bonet, O.F.M., 1360.
  • Pater DecretaliumGregory IX, 1241.
  • Pater et Organum VeritatisInnocent IV, 1254.
  • Pater JurisInnocent III, 1216.
  • Pater Peritorum — Pierre de Belleperche, 1307.
  • Planus ac Perspicuus — Walter Burleigh, 1337.
  • Princeps Subtilitatum — Francesco d'Accolti, 1486.
  • Speculator — William Durandus, 1296.
  • Speculum Juris — Bartholus of Sassoferrato, 1359.
  • Subtilis — Benedict Raymond, 1440; Filippo Corneo, 1462.
  • Verus — Thomas Doctius, Siena, 1441

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Obstat, Nihil. Lafort, Remy, Censor. Entry for 'Surnames of Famous Doctors'. The Catholic Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/s/surnames-of-famous-doctors.html. Robert Appleton Company. New York. 1914.

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