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Cool Baby Names That Start with Q

Cool Baby Names That Start with Q
Baby names that start with Q are extremely rare in the United States, so if you give one to your child it’s sure to set him or her apart from the crowd. Quinn is the most common Q name for girls and boys by far, although it ranks considerably higher for girls.

Along with Quinn, other cool names that start with Q in the US Top 1000 include Quentin, Quincy, Quinton, and Queen. Many great Arabic names begin with Q, such as Qadir and Qasim, which is more common in England. Q surnames such as Quimby and Quiller also make our list of the coolest options.

If you’re searching for a quirky, distinctive name for your child, you may want to consider one that starts with the letter Q. View our hand-curated collection of the coolest baby names with the initial Q, below.

Cool Baby Names Starting with Q
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QuinnHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "descendent of Conn"
  • Description:

    Quinn is the Anglicized version of the Irish patronymic surname Ó Cuinn, meaning "descendent of Conn." Conn has two possible derivations—the Old Irish cond, meaning "intellect," or cenn, meaning "chief." One of the most notable Quinn clans was from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland.

QuadeHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "son of Uaid"
  • Description:

    Quade is a confident, contemporary-sounding name that would fit right in with classmates Cade, Zade, Slade and Jade, boasting the quirky Q-beginning.

QuentinHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "fifth"
  • Description:

    Quentin, an offbeat name with lots of character, relates to the Latin for the number five and is by far the subtlest and most usable of the Latin birth-order names, masculine as well as stylish and distinctive. It was borne by a third-century saint and came to England with the Normans.

QuincyHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "estate of the fifth son"
  • Description:

    Quirky in the way that all Q names are quirky, Quincy was once a buttoned-up, patrician New England name, an image countered in recent years by the talented and ultracool musician Quincy Jones (middle name: Delight; nickname: Q).

QuillHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish, diminutive of Quillan or Quiller; also English word name
  • Description:

    Quill is a unique possibility for the child of writers -- even if they do use computers rather than pens; could also serve as a rhyming tribute to an ancestor named Gil, Phil, or Bill (or Jill).
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QuintonHeart

  • Origin:

    English or Latin
  • Meaning:

    "queen's manor or fith"
  • Description:

    Quinton is among several attractive Q-beginning, n-ending two-syllable names for boys, that also includes Quentin (the most popular iteration) and Quenton. They only suffer from their similarity and possible spelling confusion, ala girls' names Kristin, Kirsten and sisters. Quinton has slipped a bit in the standings over the past few years but remains an appealing choice. Quinton may be a descendant of the Roman family name Quintus, which means fifth, or may also be an English place-name meaning queen's manor or town.

QuintusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "fifth"
  • Description:

    A literary name figuring in the story of Ben Hur and the novels of Anthony Trollope that has the feel of Roman antiquity that is beginning to appeal to many parents. Quintus was one of only about twenty male first names in ancient Rome.

QueenieHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "queen"
  • Description:

    Wisecracking waitress name stuck in the luncheonette. Started as nickname for girls named Regina -- queen in Latin -- now mostly a canine choice.

QuillanHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "cub"
  • Description:

    If you like Dylan but find it too popular, Quillan could be a distinctive alternative.

QuinlanHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "descendant of Caoinlean, slender "
  • Description:

    An Irish last-name-first-name that could make a child feel distinctive, while still having the regular guy nickname of Quinn. Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller spelled their son's name Quinlin.
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QuartzHeart

  • Origin:

    Mineral name
  • Description:

    This may be a bit quirky to make it as a name, especially in first place. If you love it, you might try it in the middle.

QirinHeart

  • Origin:

    Invented name
  • Description:

    Actor Terrence Howard and wife Miranda created this name for their son inspired by the Chinese mythological creature called the Qilin, a good omen predicting the arrival of a sage or ruler. Pronunciation is like the Irish name Kieran.

QuayHeart

  • Origin:

    French word name
  • Meaning:

    "wharf"
  • Description:

    A name that looks intriguing and masculine on paper, but is, unfortunately, a homonym for a girl's name.

QuintessaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "essence"
  • Description:

    Sounds like a fictional rank of royalty.

QuinceHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "applelike fruit"
  • Description:

    The girls have Apple, Plum, Peaches, Cherry, and Berry: here's one variety of fruit suitable for a boy.
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QuimbyHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse
  • Meaning:

    "from the woman's estate"
  • Description:

    Virtually never heard in this country -- and probably not very often in Scandinavia -- with a quirky quality.

QasimHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "charitable, generous"
  • Description:

    Name of a son of the Prophet Muhammad, with a particularly positive meaning.

QuigleyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "from the mother's side"
  • Description:

    The spoiled only son of the richest family in town in a fifties movie.

QuintHeart

  • Origin:

    English from Quintus; diminutive of Quinton
  • Description:

    Clint with a glint; used for flinty characters in old TV westerns and soap operas.

QueenHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Not even when followed by Latifah.
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QadirHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "capable, powerful"
  • Description:

    Qadir is a classic Muslim name that represents one of the ninety-nine attributes of Allah. Since the initial Q is pronounced as K, this handsome name is sometimes Anglicized as Kadir.

QuixoteHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish literary name
  • Description:

    Tied to the hero of the classic Spanish novel Don Quixote, likely to produce a quixotic daydreamer.

QuestHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "seek; mission"
  • Description:

    Cool new Q-starting possibility which suggests a sense of curiosity and purpose.

QuillerHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "scribe"
  • Description:

    Heard in a sixties spy movie, The Quiller Memorandum, this uncommon occupational name has an offbeat charm.

QueridaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "dear, beloved"
  • Description:

    Loving choice.
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QuitoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, Place-name
  • Description:

    Quito is a place-name (it's the capital of Ecuador) with lots of lively energy--as long as it's pronounced correctly.

QuintanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "the fifth girl"
  • Description:

    Mexican place-name famously used by Joan Didion for her daughter, Quintana Roo.

QuenbyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "queen's settlement"
  • Description:

    Quirky and cute.

QuebecHeart

  • Origin:

    Place-name
  • Description:

    An interesting Canadian province and city name that has some literary history as the name of a character in Dickens's Bleak House; could make a distinctive choice for parents with northern roots.

QuetzalHeart

  • Origin:

    Bird name, Nahuatl
  • Meaning:

    "large beautiful tail feather"
  • Description:

    A quetzal is a beautiful, brightly-colored bird found in Mexico and Central America. It is the national bird of Guatemala, as well as the name of their currency.
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QuarryHeart

  • Origin:

    Nature name
  • Description:

    Strong meaning, sweet but strong sound, fresh and earthy: a winner.

QuianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    Quiana might be thought of as the first synthetic name. Quiana was popular in the 1970s and 80s, along with the same-named form of polyester.

QuinteroHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "five"
  • Description:

    Adds some salsa to the Latin root.

QueraltHeart

  • Origin:

    Catalan
  • Description:

    A top 200 name in Catalonia, Spain since 2004. There are several Catalan towns with the name, including Santa Coloma de Queralt and Rocafort de Queralt.
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