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Gender: M Pronunciation: tar-kwin or tar-kin Origin of Tarquin: Roman clan name of uncertain meaning

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.

Famous People Named Tarquin

Timothy Tarquin Hutton, American actor

Pop Culture References for the name Tarquin

Tarquin Longleap Woodsorrel, hare in the"Redwall" series by Brian Jacques
Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, character in "Star Wars"
Tarquin, child elf from TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
Tarquin Victus, character in the video game Mass Effect 3
Tarquin is the friend and implied significant other of Sheridan Bucket (Hyacinth and Richard's son) on the British sitcom "Keeping Up Appearances"

Tarquinius, Tarquino