Quirin is a German form of the Latin, Quirinus, which was borne by a Sabine god who was later absorbed into the general Roman pantheon. He was sometimes associated as the deified form of Romulus or as a counterpart of Mars. The Qurinal Hill in Rome was named in his honour.
Most agree that the name is derived from the Latin quirus (spear), others have suggested that it is from the name of a Sabine town, Cures, or that it is related to curia.
It was also borne by several early Christian saints. Most notably, St. Quirin of Neuss, a Roman martyr whose body was eventually interred in Neuss Germany.
Another notable bearer is Quirin Kuhlmann (1651-1689) a German poet and mystic.
Currently, Quirin is the 387th most popular male name in Germany, (2011).
Other forms of the name include:
- Quirí (Catalan)
- Kvirin (Croatian)
- Corin (French)
- Quirin (French/German)
- Quirino (Italian/Portuguese/Spanish)
- Kvirinas (Lithuanian)
- Kwiryn (Polish)