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[kwen-tn] /ˈkwɛn tn/
a male or female given name: from a Latin word meaning “fifth.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The maid sank her head upon his bosom, and through her struggling tears she sobbed, Quentin, thou hast said it.

    The Spell of Belgium Isabel Anderson
  • When school was over, one of the boys was told to show Quentin his bed and his locker.

    The Magic World Edith Nesbit
  • Quentin Matsys, whose pictures may be studied in the museum, was one of the early painters of Antwerp.

    Old Continental Towns Walter M. Gallichan
  • Quentin, who was tired, picked up a book which a big boy had just put down.

    The Magic World Edith Nesbit
  • Brent broke down and was almost weeping, when Quentin and Eva moved over to his side and reassured him.

    The Master Mystery Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
Word Origin and History for Quentin

masc. proper name, from French, from Latin Quin(c)tianus, from quintus "the fifth." Roman children in large families often were named for their birth order (e.g. Sextius; also cf. Octavian). "[P]opular in France from the cult of St Quentin of Amiens, and brought to England by the Normans" ["Dictionary of English Surnames"], but the popular English form as a surname was Quinton.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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