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The Norman Conquest of England of 1066 added many new elements to the already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Quentin name is derived 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.

Quentin Early Origins



The surname Quentin 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Quentin Spelling Variations


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Quentin Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Quinton, Quinten, Quintin, Quintyne, St. Quinton and others.

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Quentin Early History


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Quentin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quentin research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 109 and 1090 are included under the topic Early Quentin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Quentin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Quentin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Quentin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Quentin or a variant listed above were:

Quentin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Fritz Quentin, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1860

Quentin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jean Quentin, who arrived in Montreal in 1662

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Contemporary Notables of the name Quentin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Quentin (post 1700)



  • Carlos Josè Quentin (b. 1982), Mexican American outfielder
  • George Quentin (1848-1928), Indian-born English cricketer
  • Claude Quentin de La Chiche, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Louis René Quentin (1759-1794), French journalist guillotined for his writings
  • Nicolas Quentin (d. 1636), French historical painter who lived at Dijon
  • Thérèse Quentin, French actress
  • Maurice Quentin (b. 1920), French professional road bicycle racer
  • Maurice Quentin (1704-1788), French Rococo portraitist
  • Léonce Gaston Quentin (b. 1880), French archer who competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • Yvan Quentin (b. 1970), Swiss football player
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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The Quentin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Quentin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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