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Gender: F Pronunciation: tan-a-KEEL Meaning of Tanaquil: "gift of God" Origin of Tanaquil: Etruscan

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This intriguing name of an ancient Etruscan queen renowned for her prophetic powers was long associated with the prima ballerina Tanaquil LeClerq.

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Famous People Named Tanaquil

Tanaquil "Tanny" LeClerq (1929-2000), prima ballerina
Tanaquil (7th century BC), wife of Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, the fifth king of Rome

Pop Culture References for the Name Tanaquil

This is the real name of the titular fairy queen "Gloriana" in Spenser's poem The Faerie Queene (1590).
Tanaquil is the heroine of Tanith Lee's Unicorn trilogy (the young daughter of a powerful sorceress, who brings a unicorn to life).
Origin: Latinization of the Etruscan Thanchvil (or Thanchivil, Thancvil, Thanachvil, Thanacvil, Than(a)qvil, etc.), a theophoric name, Thana + cvil, "gift of Thana" (presumably from the name of a lost Etruscan goddess, Thana)