Q Baby Names Have a High ‘Q’ Quotient
If the letter ‘Q’ was a TV performer, it would get a very high Q-rating, if only for its quirky charm. Babies with names beginning with the least used letter of the alphabet can automatically claim a unique, attention-grabbing initial which they’ll have to share with very few others, and the same will probably be true of their name as well.
The original, core group of Q names stems from the Latin Quintus, which means fifth. Quintus has a considerable literary history: Quintus Ennius was one of the earliest Roman poets, Quintus was the name of Titus‘s son in Shakespeare‘s Titus Andronicus, and Quintus Slide was a comical character in Anthony Trollope’s Palliser novels. It could fit right in with other trendy ancient Roman names, like Atticus and Augustus. Descendants and offshoots of Quintus include Quinton, Quintin, Quentin, and Quincy, Quina, Quintina and Quintana.
Quentin is, along with Quincy and Quinn, the most widely used. The name of a 5th century martyred saint (namesake of the San Francisco prison) who–this could come in handy–is the saint said to protect against coughs. The popularity of Sir Walter Scott’s 1823 novel Quentin Durward was largely responsible for spreading the name across Scotland and England. In modern literature we have William Faulkner’s Quentin Compson and the niece who is named after him in The Sound and the Fury. In addition, there are Theodore Roosevelt’s aviator son Quentin, and the somewhat outrageous Quentins Crisp and Tarentino.
Quincy has gone from prissy to cool, due in great part to the hip persona of musician Quincy Jones. It’s also historically linked to our sixth president, John Quincy Adams whose middle name came either from the Massachusetts township where he was born or was after his father’s close friend, Revolutionary patriot Josiah Quincy. The Q name with the highest Q quotient.
Here are some others:
Qamar and Qiturah are typical of the Arabic names where the Q is not followed by the letter U.
Quade is a multi-cultural name with Latin, German and Irish Gaelic ties.
Quain, a French name meaning quick and clever.
Quanah, a Native American Comanche name meaning sweet-smelling.
Quandra, Quella, Quenby, and Quintina, some distinctive Q names for girls
Quark, a sci-fi name attached to a Star Trek Deep Six 9 series.
Quarry, a modern word name, strong as stone.
Quebec, Quito and Quintana, two attractive place names. Quebec was also a minor character in Dickens’ Bleak House.
Queenie, a sassy showgirl name, recently nominated for an Oscar via Benjamin Button; in the UK, it was a nickname given to girls christened Victoria during that monarch’s long reign.
Querida, a Spanish name meaning beloved.
Quest and Quince, two contemporary word names.
Quico, a Spanish nickname name for Enrique and Francisco.
Quilla, the name of the Inca mythological goddess of the moon
Quillan, Quillon, Quinton, Irish surname names
Quinn, the most user-friendly unisex name of the group, meaning intelligent.
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on February 26th, 2009 at 10:36 am
I checked IMDB and it said that Marisa Tomei’s character is Cassidy. Just wanted to let you know.
on February 26th, 2009 at 11:58 am
I really dig Quincy and it’s a family name for me. I know of a Quincy girl from another board but I’d use Quincy on a guy. Mr. Magoo’s first name was Quincy! Quentin is cool and Quade (spelled Quaid is a character in “Total Recall” which is one of my all time favorite movies. And how about Quigley as one of the neatest surname names out there?
on February 26th, 2009 at 12:10 pm
Don’t forget Quinlan…I like this on a girl, nn Quinn.
on February 26th, 2009 at 4:48 pm
Queenie is from “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” It was Taraji P. Henson’s performance that got an Oscar nomination.
BTW, Quinn is my favorite name for a girl! look how cute the Q looks when typed!
Christina Fonseca Said
on February 26th, 2009 at 5:59 pm
Quincy is my favorite of the Q names. I would recommend against using Querida. Although it does mean dear and beloved, it is also the colloquial term for “mistress”.
on February 26th, 2009 at 7:00 pm
I love the idea of a Q name, but most of them just don’t appeal to me. I’d love Quincy or Quentin on someone else’s kid, but I couldn’t do it. I think my favorite is Quest, it’d be pretty cool in the middle.
on February 26th, 2009 at 7:24 pm
Marisa changed to Taraji — thank you!!
on February 26th, 2009 at 8:36 pm
I hope to someday have a son named Quentin! Here’s hoping.
on February 26th, 2009 at 8:58 pm
This probably sounds completely dorky, but, I like the idea of using a name beginning with Q. (Mostly because there is a character on Star Trek named Q). I searched for a Q name so that I could occasionally call him Q…but I just didn’t like any.
I like the letter, I just don’t really like too many of the names for it.
on March 4th, 2009 at 10:58 pm
My daughter’s name is Quincy – obviously I adore it!
on March 8th, 2009 at 8:33 am
What middle names for a girl sounds good with Quinn. Everything that I’ve thought of starts to sound like “Queen…” ie. Quinn Elizabeth.
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on September 1st, 2009 at 8:33 pm
This site rocks!
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on September 2nd, 2009 at 11:49 am
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on January 5th, 2010 at 1:21 am
I named my son Quentin. I love calling him “Q”on occasion. If I ever have a daughter, I’m considering Quiterie/Quitterie. It’s French and means “tranquil.” Sainte Quitterie (French) and Santa Quiteria (Spanish) are namesakes. I also like Quirine/Quirin for a girl .
on February 24th, 2010 at 11:11 am
I love Q’s
I have 5 Q babies
Considering Qindyl or Qyndel or Qendyl Qendal
on June 23rd, 2010 at 9:06 pm
how to pronounce quiteria
on August 5th, 2014 at 6:15 am
I also love Quinlie for a girl 🙂 but Quillan and Quinton are lovely boy names x
Quinlan is another one I love for a boy x
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