QUENTIN Surname Meaning and Family History

What Does the Last Name Quentin Mean?

One origin of the Quentin surname is from the French first name Quentin, sometimes bestowed on the "fifth son."
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From the Latin quintinus, meaning "the fifth," Quentin sometimes originated as a French first name often given to the fifth son.

The Quentin surname may also have originated as a geographical surname for someone from one of the places called Quentin in Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire or Worcestershire, England, or from one of the places in Normandy, France named for St. Quentin of Amiens.

Surname Origin: English, French

Alternate Surname Spellings: QUINTIN, QUENTEN

Famous People with the QUENTIN Surname

  • Caroline Quentin - English actress
  • Carlos Quentin - American professional baseball player

Where is the QUENTIN Surname Most Common?

Surname distribution from Forebears indicate that the Quentin surname is most common in France where it ranks among the top 1000 surnames in the country. It is most common in northern France, according to WorldNames PublicProfiler, especially in the Basse-Normandie, Picardie and Centre regions.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname QUENTIN

Meanings of Common English Surnames
Uncover the meaning of your English last name with this free guide to the meanings and origins of common English surnames.

How to Research French Ancestry
Learn how to research your French family tree with this guide to genealogical records and family history research in France.

Quentin Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Quentin family crest or coat of arms for the Quentin surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.

QUENTIN Family Genealogy Forum
This free message board is focused on descendants of Hartmann ancestors around the world.

FamilySearch - QUENTIN Genealogy
Explore over 490,000 results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Quentin surname on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

DistantCousin.com - QUENTIN Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Quentin.

GeneaNet - Quentin Records
GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Quentin surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries.

The Quentin Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Quentin surname from the website of Genealogy Today.

References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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