"descendent of Conn"

Quinn Origin and Meaning

The name Quinn is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "descendent of Conn".

Quinn is the Anglicized version of the Irish patronymic surname Ó Cuinn, meaning "descendent of Conn." Conn has two possible derivations—the Old Irish cond, meaning "intellect," or cenn, meaning "chief." One of the most notable Quinn clans was from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland.

Quinn is one of the first Irish unisex surnames, a strong and attractive choice on the rise for both genders, though there are now far more girl Quinns than boys.

Quinn started taking off for girls in the mid-nineties, possibly influenced by the popular show Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Since then, there have been female Quinns on the animated MTV show Daria, on Zoey 101, and—most prominently—on Glee, featuring cute blond cheerleader character Quinn Fabray.

Some other, more unusual names with the Q-factor: Quincy, Quintina, Quintana, Quinta, Quilla--and, on a different note, Queenie.

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Famous People Named Quinn

  • Quinn Louise CummingsAmerican actress
  • Quinn NortonAmerican journalist, photographer and blogger
  • Quinn ShephardAmerican actress
  • Quinn Kay Culkinsister of American actor Macaulay Culkin
  • Quinn Patricia Biggiodaughter of baseball player Craig Biggio
  • Quinn Elsa Darby (b. 2005)daughter of footballer Steve Darby
  • (Frances) Quinn Hunter (b. 2008)daughter of politician John Edwards and Rielle Hunter
  • Quinn Ann Kenney (b. 2010)daughter of pro wrestler Simon Diamond
  • Quinn Elle Bradley (b. 2014)daughter of soccer player Michael Bradley
  • Quinn Palmer Every (b. 2014)daughter of golfer Matt Every
  • Quinn Murphy (b. 2015)daughter of baseball player Daniel Murphy
  • Quinn Lily WolfeldGosk (b. 2015), daughter of TV journalists Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk
  • Quinn Sophie Arnold (b. 2015)daughter of actor Tom Arnold

Quinn in Pop Culture

  • (Lucy) Quinn Fabraycharacter on Fox's "Glee"
  • Quinn Alexandra James Evanscharacter on The CW's "One Tree Hill"
  • Quinn Penskycharacter on Nickelodeon's "Zoey 101"
  • Quinn Morgendorffersister of Daria on MTV's "Daria"
  • Quinn Garveyminor character on "How I Met Your Mother"
  • Quinn Fullercharacter on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful"
  • Quinn Perkinscharacter on ABC's "Scandal"
  • Quinnorphan character in the movie "Santa Paws"
  • Harley Quinncharacter in the Batman series