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Gender: Male Meaning of Quentin: "fifth" Origin of Quentin: Latin Quentin's Popularity in 2017: #539

The name Quentin is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "fifth". Quentin is ranked #539 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Quentin, an offbeat name with lots of character, relates to the Latin for the number five and is by far the subtlest and most usable of the Latin birth-order names, masculine as well as stylish and distinctive. It was borne by a third-century saint and came to England with the Normans.

Sir Walter Scott wrote the novel Quentin Durward in 1823, about a young, upper-class Scotsman, and Quentin Compson is both a male and a female character in William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury. Real-life bearers include movie director Quentin Tarantino; eccentric British author Quentin Crisp (born Denis); and Quentin Blake, illustrator of Roald Dahl books. Theodore Roosevelt had a son named Quentin.

Trivia tidbit: St. Quentin is the protector against coughs.

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Famous People Named Quentin

Saint Quentin, early Roman martyr
Quentin Jerome Tarantino, American film director
Quentin Smith, American philosopher
Quentin Saxby Blake, English illustrator
Quentin Leo Cook aka Fatboy Slim, English DJ and musician
Quentin Crisp (born Denis Charles Pratt), English writer and performer
Quentin Matsys, Flemish painter
Quentin Northrup Burdick, U.S. Senator from North Dakota
Quentin Jammer, American football player
Quentin Moses, American football player
Quentin L. Richardson, American basketball player
Quentin Merabet, French actor
Quentin Elias, singer of French boy band Alliage
Quentin Mosimann, Swiss DJ
Quentin Roosevelt, youngest son of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt
Quentin Roosevelt II, son of Ted Roosevelt; grandson of Theodore Roosevelt

Pop Culture References for the name Quentin

"Quentin Durward," novel by Sir Walter Scott and its main character
Quentin Compson, two characters in William Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury"
Quintavius Quirinius "Quentin" Quire aka Kid Omega, character in X-Men comics
Quentin Turnbull, character in DC comics
Quentin Daniels, character in Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"
Quentin Coldwater, main character in Lev Grossman's "The Magicians" trilogy
Quentin Collins, character in movie and TV series "Dark Shadows"
Quentin Jacobsen, character in John Green's "Paper Towns"
Quentin Glass, character in movie "The Punisher"
Quentin Beck aka Mysterio, character in Spider-Man comics
Quentin Larry Lance, detective on TV's "Arrow"
Quentin Fields, character on TV's "One Tree Hill"
Quentin Costa, character on TV's Nip/Tuck
Quentin Kirrin, character in Enid Blyton's The Famous Five series
Quentin Travers, character on TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Quentin, character in Edward Gorey's The Gashlycrumb Tinies
Quentin, a cog in the Conker video game series
San Quentin, California, USA, small town known for its prison

Quantin, Quent, Quentan, Quenten, Quenton, Quint, Quintin, Quinton, Quintus, Quentyn, Qwentin

Quentin's International Variations

Caointean, Caoidhean (Scottish Gaelic) Quentilien, Quintien (French) Quito (Spanish)


danirose01 Says:


I think Quinton sounds cleaner and more distinguished (with Quin or Quint as viable nickname possibilities), but I love the idea of a Q name regardless.

cricketbell Says:


Love it!