Quartermaine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Quartermaine can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a person who was mail-fisted or perhaps the nickname 'four hands.' [1] The surname Quartermaine originally derived from the armor that soldiers or knights donned for protection in battle. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries.

Early Origins of the Quartermaine family

The surname Quartermaine was first found in Oxfordshire where the first records of the name were Clare Quatremayns and William Quatremeyns who were both listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. A few years later, Thomas Quatremains was listed in the Writs of Parliament in 1313. [2] Digging further into the 'four hands' reference we found: "French for 'four hands' which form the charge of the family shield." [1] Thame in Oxfordshire was home to one branch of the family.

"About the time of Edward IV., an hospital for destitute persons was endowed with lands by Richard Quatremain, a member of a family of high repute. The north transept [of the church] is the burying place of the Dormer family, and the south transept the sepulchral chapel of the Quatremains; both contain handsome monuments." [3]

The Quartermaine family is a fictional family from the ABC soap opera, General Hospital and Al(l)an Quatermain is the protagonist of H. Rider Haggard's 1885 novel King Solomon's Mines. The character was recently reintroduced with the popular series League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (LXG) and in the eponymous film released in 2003, Sean Connery played the character Alan Quatermain.

Quartermaine's Terms is a play by Simon Gray which won The Cheltenham Prize in 1982.

Early History of the Quartermaine family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quartermaine research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1667, 1662 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Quartermaine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Quartermaine Spelling Variations

Quartermaine has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Quartermaine have been found, including Quartermain, Quartermaines, Quarterman, Quartermaynes, Quatermain, Quatermaines, Quaterman, Quatermay and many more.

Early Notables of the Quartermaine family (pre 1700)

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quartermaine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Quartermaine migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Quartermaines to arrive on North American shores:

Quartermaine Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfred Quartermaine, aged 33, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • Charles Quartermaine, aged 15, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Royal George" from Southampton, England [5]
  • Alfred Quartermaine, aged 34, originally from London, England, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [6]
  • Dudley Stephen Quartermaine, aged 3, originally from London, Eng., arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [7]
  • Joseph Quartermaine, aged 69, originally from Oxford, England, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Carmania" from Southampton, England [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Quartermaine (post 1700) +

  • Leon Quartermaine (1876-1967), British stage actor, brother of Charles Quartermaine
  • Alan R. Quartermaine (b. 1951), former Australian rules footballer who played for the East Perth Football Club (1969-1979)
  • Sir Alan Quartermaine CBE, MC, BSc (Eng) (1888-1978), British Civil Engineer and English Army officer
  • Carolyn Quartermaine, British artistic painter
  • Charles Quartermaine (b. 1958), British film actor who worked in Hollywood


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QS-PMD : 6 December 2014), Alfred Quartermaine, 19 Dec 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J678-83Y : 6 December 2014), Charles Quartermaine, 08 Nov 1919; citing departure port Southampton, England, arrival port New York, ship name Royal George, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6VS-GM8 : 6 December 2014), Alfred Quartermaine, 01 Apr 1921; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6VS-GM6 : 6 December 2014), Dudley Stephen Quartermaine, 01 Apr 1921; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6V1-92D : 6 December 2014), Joseph Quartermaine, 01 Nov 1921; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Carmania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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