Tanaquil

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

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

Famous People Named Tanaquil

Tanaquil (7th century BC), wife of Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, the fifth king of Rome
Tanaquil "Tanny" LeClerq (1929-2000), prima ballerina
Tanaquil Jones, American activist
Tanaquil Enzensberger (b. 1957), daughter of German writer Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Pop Culture References for the name Tanaquil

Tanaquil, the titular fairy queen in Spenser's poem The Faerie Queene (1590), a representation of Elizabeth I, aka Gloriana: "He [Oberon] dying, left the fairest Tanaquil / Him to succeed therein, by his last Will: / Fairer and nobler liveth none this hour. / Ne like in Grace, ne like in learned Skill; / Therefore they Glorian[a] call that glorious Flower. / Long mayst thou Glorian live, in Glory and great Power."
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" (probably from the name of a lost Etruscan goddess, Thana)