a male or female given name: from a Latin word meaning “fifth.”

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Contemporary Examples of quentin

Historical Examples of quentin

  • For as Quentin wins Isabelle at last, what more success need we want?

    Sir Walter Scott

    George Saintsbury

  • Nor was the defeat at St. Quentin the only disaster which the French arms experienced.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor

    W. Llewelyn Williams.

  • With luck, the syndicate would get him off with a couple of years at Quentin.

    Gun for Hire

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • And Quentin was served in all things as though he had been a king.

    The Magic World

    Edith Nesbit

  • Quentin was shivering with the surprise and newness of it all.

    The Magic World

    Edith Nesbit

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.

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