TAR-kwin, TAR-kin
Latin, Roman clan name

Tarquin Origin and Meaning

The name Tarquin is a boy's name .

One of the few ancient Roman names that doesn't end in us, the rarely heard Tarquin has a decidedly creative, even dramatic flair, which could appeal to the parent looking for a strikingly original name. Sir Laurence Olivier used it for his oldest child, who was named Simon Tarquin but called by his middle name.

As Tarquinius, it was borne by two early kings of Rome.

Tarquin has some literary cred as well, appearing in Shakespeare's poem The Rape of Lucrece (referring to a dark stain on the name), as Tarquin Blackwood in Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series and as Tarquin Cleath-Stuart in the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella.

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Famous People Named Tarquin

  • Tarquin the Elderlegendary king of Rome
  • Tarquin the Proudlegendary king of Rome
  • (Simon) Tarquin OlivierEnglish actor and producer; son of Laurence Olivier
  • Tarquin HallEnglish novelist and journalist
  • Timothy Tarquin HuttonAmerican actor

Tarquin in Pop Culture

  • Tarquin Longleap Woodsorrelhare in the"Redwall" series by Brian Jacques
  • Tarquin McTavishcharacter mentioned in the Harry Potter series
  • Tarquinchild elf from TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
  • Tarquin Victuscharacter in the video game Mass Effect 3
  • Tarquin Blackwoodcharacter in The Vampire Chronicles
  • General TarquinLawful Evil character from the webcomic The Order of the Stick
  • Tarquinunseen character on British TV series "Keeping Up Appearances"
  • Tarquin Fintim,lin,bin,whin,bim,lim,bus,stop,F'tang,F'tang,Olé,Biscuitbarrel, character from the Monty Python sketch Election Night Special
  • Tarquincharacter in Sarah J Maas's "A Court of Thorns and Roses"
  • Wilhuff Tarkin aka Grand Moff Tarkin or Governor Tarkincharacter in the Star Wars series
  • Tarquincharacter in Elizabeth Enright's children's novel "Gone,Away Lake"