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‘Q’ names are rarely used, yet would you use Quentin? A solid classic French name with Roman roots, Quentin derives from the cognomen Quintinus meaning “fifth” in Latin. It is a name traditionally given to a fifth child or a child born in the fifth month. In English it is pronounced Kwen-tin, and in French sort of like Kawn-tin.
At the moment, the rankings for Quentin go like this:
Quentin is also the name of a Saint, although the tale isn’t all that nice. Saint Quentin (also known as Quintinus) was a Roman who went to Gaul as a missionary with St. Lucian of Beauvais, and settled at Amiens in Picardy. He was so successful in preaching that he was imprisoned by prefect Rictiovarus, tortured, and then brought to Augusta Veromanduorum (known as Saint-Quentin today in Northern France), where he was again tortured and then was beheaded. He is now known as a martyr and a saint.
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