Show ContentsQuintin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Quintin family bears a name that was brought to England by the wave of emigration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from St. Quinton, a third century missionary in Gaul. 1 Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries.

"A family of Quentin - the Quentins of Coupigny - still exists in Normandy. They came from Brittany, having expatriated themselves during the troublous times of Duchess Anne, and settled at Morigny, near Coutances, about 1450. Roger Quentin's claim to rank with the older nobility of the Duchy was recognized and confirmed in 1605 by the Cour des Aides of Rouen." 2

Harpham in the East Riding of Yorkshire was an ancient home for the family. "The church is the burial-place of the family of St. Quintin, whose founder came over with the Conqueror; their pedigree, from 1080 to 1777, showing an uninterrupted succession of twenty-eight generations in the male line, is beautifully represented in stained glass in the windows. On the western side of the churchyard are vestiges of the ancient family mansion and fish-ponds." 3

Early Origins of the Quintin family

The surname Quintin was first found in Cumberland where "the first trace of the name that I have met with is in the reign of Coeur de Lion, when Richard de Quintine was Abbot of Furness in Cumberland. But the notices of it soon become numerous, and appear in at least half a dozen counties. Richard Quintin held a knight's fee of the Earl of Hereford in Wiltshire." 2

So as to underscore the Norman heritage of this name we found: "Sir Herbert de St. Quintin, whose name appears on the Roll [of Battle Abbey], came from Lower Picardy, where the chief town is called St. Quintin." 4

Branches were later found in Essex and Dorset. 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." 3

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. 3

"Quentin became a somewhat popular personal name in Scotland, and has been immortalized by Walter Scott." 5

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had entries for: Richard Quintine, Wiltshire; John de St. Quintino, Wiltshire; Adam Quintin, Huntingdonshire; and Robert Quintyn, Norfolk. 5

Early History of the Quintin family

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Quintin Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Quinton, Quinten, Quintin, Quintyne, St. Quinton and others.

Early Notables of the Quintin family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • Quintin, who died in the lifetime of his father...
  • Quintin, second Baronet of Harpham, some time before 1698, he entered the House of Commons at the general election of 1695 as representative of the borough of Kingston-upon-Hull, for which he served i...

Quintin Ranking

In France, the name Quintin is the 1,233rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,553 people with that name. 6

United States Quintin migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Quintin or a variant listed above:

Quintin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Roger Quintin, aged 21, who landed in Virginia in 1635 aboard the ship "Assurance" 7
Quintin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Quintin, aged 65, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785 7
Quintin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Quintin, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860 7

Canada Quintin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Quintin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Quintin, who arrived in Montreal in 1662
  • Jean Quintin, who settled in Quebec with his wife Jeanne Delpué in 1695

Contemporary Notables of the name Quintin (post 1700) +

  • Jeremiah Quintin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 2008 8
  • Christian Quintin (b. 1957), French-born surrealistic painter
  • Éric Quintin (b. 1967), French bronze medalist handball player at the 1992 Summer Olympics
  • Erwan Quintin (b. 1984), French football midfielder
  • Jean-François Quintin (b. 1969), Canadian retired NHL ice hockey player who played from 1989 to 2003
  • Walter Quintin Gresham (1832-1895), American statesman and jurist, United States Postmaster General, eponym of the USCGC Gresham (WAVP-387)
  • Quintin Kidd, American politician, Mayor of Brentwood, California; Elected 1998; Defeated, 2000
  • Quintin "Q" Dailey (1961-2010), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Quintin Perry Mikell (b. 1980), American football safety for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League
  • Quintin Mecke (b. 1972), American Democratic Party politician, Served in the Peace Corps; Candidate for Mayor of San Francisco, California, 2007 9

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  5. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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