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Unique Names Starting With 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).

QuincyHeart

  • Origin:

    French from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "estate of the fifth son"
  • Description:

    Quincy is a Presidential surname name that actually sounds both cute and strong when used for a girl. While it's still far from making the Top 1000, over 160 baby girls were named Quincy in the US in 2016, up from about 100 a decade before. While there are three times as many boys named Quincy, it has now become a genuinely unisex name.

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.

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.

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.

QuintinHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "fifth"
  • Description:

    Both this form and Quentin are authentic modern forms of the Roman family name Quintus. Your choice. In the US, this spelling lags behind Quentin and Quinton.

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.

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.

QuillanHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "cub"
  • Description:

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

QuaidHeart

  • Description:

    See QUADE.

QuintHeart

  • Origin:

    English from Quintus; diminutive of Quinton
  • Description:

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

QuillonHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin or Greek
  • Meaning:

    "crossing swords; strong"
  • Description:

    Pronounced KILL-on, might lead a young boy astray--though that doesn't seem to have halted the progress of the popular Killian.

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.

QuantaviusHeart

  • Origin:

    English, modern combination of Quan and Octavius
  • Description:

    One of the more imposing and intriguing of the combo names.

QuetzalliHeart

  • Origin:

    Nahuatl, Native American
  • Meaning:

    "feather, precious thing"
  • Description:

    A rare and lovely Nahuatl name, which literally means "quetzal feather" – a quetzal is a beautiful green bird native to Mexico, Guatemala and South America. The word is figuratively used to refer to something precious or beautiful, making this a lovely option for a wished-for baby girl.

QuintessaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "essence"
  • Description:

    Sounds like a fictional rank of royalty.

QuirinHeart

  • Origin:

    German from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "spear"
  • Description:

    A child might like to have a name connected to the legendary Quirin stone, which, when placed on a sleeping person's head, prompts him to expose his secret thoughts.

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.

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.

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.

QuigleyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "from the mother's side"
  • Description:

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

QuinleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English, modern invented name combining Quinn
  • Meaning:

    "clearing, meadow"
  • Description:

    A modern choice for girls riffing on the popular unisex name Quinn, with an extra syllable to add substance and formality. And Quinn is still available as a nickname!

QuestHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "seek; mission"
  • Description:

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

QuitterieHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "the red one"
  • Description:

    Quitterie is a quirky saint’s name which is considered très chic in France at the moment. St Quiteria was a 5th century virgin martyr who was killed after refusing to renounce her Christian faith in order to marry.

QuillenHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Quillan or Quillon
  • Description:

    The names may sound the same, but they have different origins and meanings. Take your pick.

QuinceHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "applelike fruit"
  • Description:

    'Q' names are hot, and this is an intriguing fruit name that could be used for a girl or boy. The quince often appears in Greek myth, in tales of Aphrodite, Paris and Atalanta. Can also be a nickname for Quincy.

QuintenHeart

  • Description:

    See QUENTIN and QUINTIN.

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, and makes a classy addition to the short list of wearable "Q" names. It was borne by a third-century saint and came to England with the Normans.

QasimHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "charitable, generous"
  • Description:

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

QuainHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "clever, quick"
  • Description:

    Truly offbeat, but just on the brink of outré.

QuillaHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "quill, hollow stalk"
  • Description:

    A heroine in a Victorian novel written with a quill pen, has an unusual, offbeat charm.

QuanahHeart

  • Origin:

    Native American
  • Meaning:

    "sweet smelling, fragrant"
  • Description:

    Name of a major figure in Indigenous history, Quanah Parker, a Comanche chief who became a judge on the Court of Indian Affairs.

QuirinusHeart

  • Origin:

    Roman mythology name
  • Description:

    Quirinus is the Roman god of thunder and lightning, believed by some to be the Sabine god of war. While this is an intriguing and distinctive classic name, it also might provoke some middle school teasing.

QuirtHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "cuarta"
  • Description:

    Add an s and you've got squirt.

QadiraHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "capable"
  • Description:

    This female form of Qadir represents one of the ninety-nine attributes of Allah.

QuennelHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "dweller at the little oak tree"
  • Description:

    We can think of two drawbacks to this name: the slightly feminine el ending, and the resemblance to the delicate dumpling called a quenelle.

QuillHeart

  • Origin:

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

    "scribe, writer with a quill pen"
  • Description:

    Novel choice for the child of authors. Quill could be used to honor someone with a rhyming name, such as Jill, Bill, Phil, or Gil.

QuicoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, diminutive of Enrique
  • Description:

    Kinetic nickname name, might just be more suited to a Chihuahua.

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.

QamarHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "moon"
  • Description:

    Appealing in part because of its similarity to the likable Omar.

QuintessenceHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Sounds pretty. But pretentious.

QuintanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "the fifth girl"
  • Description:

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

QuilliamHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "son of William"
  • Description:

    A really unusual choice that could be used to honor Grandpa Will.
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