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Gender: Male Pronunciation: tar-kwin or tar-kin Origin of Tarquin: Roman clan name of uncertain meaning Meaning of Roman: Latin, "citizen of Rome"

The name Tarquin is a boy's name . Tarquin and is often added to lists like Ancient Roman Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose -- Outlandish/Guilty Pleasures edition!".

From the experts:

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 Elder, legendary king of Rome
Tarquin the Proud, legendary king of Rome
(Simon) Tarquin Olivier, English actor and producer; son of Laurence Olivier
Tarquin Hall, English novelist and journalist
Timothy Tarquin Hutton, American actor

Pop Culture References for the name Tarquin

Tarquin Longleap Woodsorrel, hare in the"Redwall" series by Brian Jacques
Tarquin McTavish, character mentioned in the Harry Potter series
Tarquin, child elf from TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
Tarquin Victus, character in the video game Mass Effect 3
Tarquin Blackwood, character in The Vampire Chronicles
General Tarquin, Lawful Evil character from the webcomic The Order of the Stick
Tarquin, unseen character on British TV series "Keeping Up Appearances"
Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel, character from the Monty Python sketch Election Night Special
Tarquin, character in Sarah J Maas's "A Court of Thorns and Roses"
Wilhuff Tarkin aka Grand Moff Tarkin or Governor Tarkin, character in the Star Wars series
Tarquin, character in Elizabeth Enright's children's novel "Gone-Away Lake"

Tarquinius, Tarquino


livialucille Says:


Guilty pleasure name for me.

Catgirlmri Says:


Ick. Not only is this name horrible, Tarquin Forsyth is a noble idiot from the Novice. Which is a great book.

Haids1987 Says:


I immediately thought of Grand Moff Tarkin from Star Wars.

AerieEerie Says:


Fun fact from Latin class (where we pronounce it Tar-kwin), King Tarquinius Superbus was so hated that after him, if someone was even suspected of WANTING to be king, they would probably be killed. He ruined kings for all of Rome because he was such a bad dude.

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Zelliew Says:


Funny show that - It has a snobby sound to me

ambercat Says:


Unfortunately, Tarquin reminds me of Sheridan Bucket's "friend" on Keeping Up Appearances.

MauveBird Says:


I'm British and would say Tar-quin too

KiwiMarie Says:


Everywhere else I've looked has pronounced the name Tar-quin, just as it looks. Any Brits out there know the common pronunciation?