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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

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
Wilhuff Tarkin, also known as Grand Moff Tarkin or Governor Tarkin, is a fictional character, first portrayed by Peter Cushing in Star Wars A New Hope
Tarquin is a character in Sarah J Maas's "A Court of Thorns and Roses" book series.

Tarquinius, Tarquino