Quinton

Quinton - what does Quinton surname mean?

This unusual and interesting name has a number of possible origins. The most likely of these is of Anglo-Saxon origin, from one of the places called Quinton in Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and Worcestershire. The first of these places is recorded in 848 as `Quentone`, and in the Domesday Book of 1086 as `Quintone`. The name means `the queen`s manor`, derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century `cwen`, queen, with `tun`, enclosure, farm, estate. Another possible origin is from the Old French given name `Quentin` or `Quintin`, which means `fifth-born`, from the Latin `quintinus`, and a further French origin is locational from anyone of the places in Normandy named from St. Quentin of Amiens. Quainton is a variant of the more common surname Queinton. Henry Quinton, aged 20 yrs., was one of the earliest settlers in the New World, having travelled to Virginea, from London aboard the `Bonaventure` under James Ricrofte, in January 1634. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Gladewin de Quenton, which was dated 1176, in the `Pipe Rolls of Berkshire`, during the reign of King Henry 11, known as `The Builder of Churches`, 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to `develop` often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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