Quentin

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “fifth.”
Eng (KWEN-tin)

The name is an English form of the Latin cognomen, Quintinus meaning “the fifth.”

The name was popularized by a 3rd-century Gaulic saint, missionary and martyr who was beheaded by the Romans in what is now Picardy. He is considered the patron saint of Picardy and as a result, the name has always been common in that particular region of France.

It was introduced into England after the Norman Conquest.

In the United States, the name was brought to spotlight by Theodore Roosevelt’s son, Quentin Roosevelt (1897-1918) who was killed in World War I.

Currently, Quentin is the 35th most popular male name in France, (2009), while its Dutch form of Quinten is the 60th most popular male name in Belgium, (2008) and the 67th most popular in the Netherlands, (2010).

Quentin is the 396th most popular male in the United States, while Quinten is the 884th most popular, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Kindin (Basque)
  • Kentin (Breton)
  • Quintí (Catalan)
  • Quintinu (Corsican)
  • Kvintin Квинтин (Croatian/Russian/Serbian/Slovene/Ukrainian)
  • Quinten (Dutch/English)
  • Quentijn (Dutch)
  • Quintijn (Dutch)
  • Kwinten (Flemish)
  • Quentin (French/English/Picard)
  • Quintin (German/Slovak)
  • Koïntínos Κοϊντίνος (Greek)
  • Quintino (Italian/Portuguese/Spanish)
  • Quintinus (Latin)
  • Kventinas (Lithuanian)
  • Kintin (Picard)
  • Kwintyn (Polish)
  • Caointean (Scottish)
  • Quintín (Spanish)
  • Qvintin (Swedish)
  • Qvintinus (Swedish)

Common diminutive forms include:

  • Quentinek (Czech)
  • Quenty (English/German)
  • Quinn (English/German)
  • Quint (English/German)
  • Quinty (English/German)

Feminine forms include:

  • Quintina (Catalan/Italian/Latin/Portuguese/Spanish)
  • Quentine (French)
  • Quintine (French)
  • Kintine (Picard)
  • Kwintyna (Polish)
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