Quant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Quant was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from St. Quinton, a third century missionary in Gaul. In the religious naming tradition, which was developed later than the vernacular tradition, surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. Parents named their children after particular saints whom they hoped would protect or bless the child.

Early Origins of the Quant family

The surname Quant was first found in Essex and Dorset where they held a family seat from very early times. Another branch of the family was found in the parish of Hornby in the North Riding of Yorkshire from ancient times.

"Hornby Castle, anciently the seat of the family of St. Quintin, and now belonging to his Grace the Duke of Leeds, is a spacious mansion in different styles of architecture, containing superb apartments, and commanding a fine view of the valley of Bedale." [1]

Another early branch of the family was found at Lowthorp in the East Riding of Yorkshire. At one time an ancient hall there was held by the family but was taken down in 1826. [1]

Early History of the Quant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quant research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1090, 1660, 1723, 1698 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Quant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Quant Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Quinton, Quinten, Quintin, Quintyne, St. Quinton and others.

Early Notables of the Quant family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William St. Quinton (ca. 1660-1723), English politician, born at Harpham in the East Riding of Yorkshire. He was the eldest son of William St. Quintin, who died in the lifetime of his father. "Having succeeded his...
Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Quant migration to Canada +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Quant name or one of its variants:

Quant Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Frederick Quant U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Jacob Quant U.E. who settled in Western District [The townships of Essex County and Kent County], Ontario c. 1789 he served in Butler's Rangers [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Quant (post 1700) +

  • Dame Barbara Mary Quant DBE, FCSD, RDI (b. 1934), Mrs Plunket Greene, English-born, Welsh fashion designer, instrumental figure in the 1960s London-based Mod fashions
  • Jonas Quant (b. 1973), Swedish producer and songwriter from Gothenburg, Sweden


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X


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