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Quinn could be a nickname for Aquinnah, a Native American name which means "the beautiful colors of the sea". Michael J. Fox has a daughter named Aquinnah Kathleen, twin sister of Schuyler Frances.
― Anonymous User  4/14/2005
Famous bearer: Guitarist of The Used, Quinn Allman.
jessnothingless  8/2/2005
Also a good name for an Eskimo, particularly a mighty one.
― Anonymous User  9/6/2005
I hate it when Quinn is used as a girl's name.
― Anonymous User  10/13/2005
Quinn is a wonderful name for girls and it should be used for both girls and boys.
quinny123  10/18/2005
There is an embarrassing use of a word spelled "quinny" in the subtitles of the movie Elizabeth, when a French suitor is making advances on her.
― Anonymous User  11/8/2005
Quinn Morgendorffer, a red-headed high schooler concerned with little more than her bouncy hair and being popular, is one bearer of this name. Her older sister, Daria Morgendorffer, was the title character of the MTV animated show Daria.
WeloveyouJesseLacey  11/27/2005
In Anne Rice's "Blackwood Farm", the main character is Tarquin (Quinn)Blackwood.
Larissa_Evans  3/19/2006
I love this name, I think it's a unique and strong name.
chris119vs  4/16/2006
Quin/n could also be used as a nickname for Quinton or Quinlan.
Ylva  4/27/2006
Quinn is a great name for a boy, strong and handsome. I wouldn't use it for a girl.
― Anonymous User  4/30/2006
This is a character's name on Zoey 101. I think this name is okay. I wouldn't probably name my kid this but still it's an okay name. :}
amber monkey  5/16/2006
I like this name very much. However, growing up watching "Daria", I see this as a girl's name. It just doesn't seem very masculine to me.
clicktrack  7/11/2006
This name always had a feminine 'ring' to it for me, although I know more males with the name.
Hoodoo  7/17/2006
Quinn looks like "Queen". I think it's better for a girl. Anyway, good name!
pindaprincess  7/19/2006
Definitely a female name! It's a good, strong name.
Maggiecc  8/2/2006
"The Mighty Quinn" is a song written by Bob Dylan and performed (originally and most famously) by Manfred Mann.
WeloveyouJesseLacey  8/12/2006
Quinn is better as a girl's name but also nice for a boy.
lovelei  9/11/2006
I always think of that TV series "Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman". It's a nice name for both genders though.
xKatiex  9/22/2006
I hate this name passionately.
Taydbug112  12/7/2006
I like the name Quinn for a girl, and the name Quintin for a boy.
black_lace  1/11/2007
Quinn is my middle name, and I am a girl! I like my middle name much more than my first name, Abigail. Both are becoming overused.
apikaila  1/21/2007
Quinn shouldn't be used as a girl's name in my opinion. My grandfather's name is Quin, but I prefer two n's over one. The teenaged Quinns that I know are all boys and one girl, but I've seen many more toddler girl Quinns than boy Quinns, which I find sad.
GuessWho  1/24/2007
I think Quinn is better for a boy. What's with mothers giving their girls a boy's name? It's a bit too masculine for a female. It's okay for a nickname though.
7up  2/10/2007
This is a nice name, but I'd leave it as a surname. If you use it for a child, give it to a boy, not to a girl; it just does not seem to fit well on a girl and it sounds too trendy. And it's a safe bet that many people who give their child this name will have little or no Irish ancestry whatsoever.

I speak Gaelic and seeing these strong, ancient, elegant names used as given names (and sometimes used lightly) is enough to make a Gael sick to his/her stomach.
gaelruadh19  2/23/2007
Just no. No second name to first name conversions. Quinn is a second name.
Clodagh  4/9/2007
My name is Quinn and I'm a dude. It's a good name, or at least I like it. Also I do have a bit of Irish ancestry but that's not the reason for my name, there's not many Irish around here, and I'm only like 1/8 Irish I think.
qcrossley  5/14/2007
Quinn is my middle name; I'm female. Though it does strike me as masculine, and I wouldn't use it for a girl's first name, I like it for my middle name. It's a nice name.
lisjose  5/20/2007
Football player Brady Quinn.
― Anonymous User  8/9/2007
Prince Quinn is a character in the novel The Playful Prince by Michelle M. Pillow.
― Anonymous User  8/9/2007
Quinn is best left as a boy's name. It is a boys name. Just because people put a boys name on a girl does not make it no longer a boys name. If I named a girl Thomas, Thomas would still be a boys name. Quinn is a boys name. I love the name Quinn on a boy.
― Anonymous User  8/9/2007
I think Quinn makes for a wonderful nickname for Quentin or Quintin. I prefer Quentin with the nickname Quinn.
― Anonymous User  8/9/2007
Quinn is a girl character on Zoey101. She is a scientist or acts like one. I NEVER saw Quinn as a boy name so I think it's more feminine. But that's just me.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2008
Use Conall instead on a girl as that's effectively what you are calling her when you lump the poor child with Quinn.

Maybe parents should google "quim" before bestowing this fright on girls.
― Anonymous User  2/22/2008
Quinn Everett Dilley is the third oldest of the Dilley septuplets, born on May 25, 1993 after his sisters Julian Emerson and Brenna Rose, to their parents Becki and Keith Dilley.
Ivy Reese  3/24/2008
I think the name is nice for both sexes. On the one hand, it sounds quite boyish, but not in a totally infantile way. On the other hand, it has that sweet, light, feminine sound to it. I could be led on by the Swedish word for 'woman', which is 'kvinna', but somehow the sound is feminine. Besides, after watching Daria for years, the character Quinn Morgendorffer has made it easy to picture it on perfectly feminine girls and women, but it sounds just fine for guys too. It's simply too damn common because of the influence of Daria.
slight night shiver  5/3/2008
Patricia Quinn---the lips of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Ly_Rose  5/29/2008
I am, for lack of a better word, completely anal when it comes to leaving male names as just that: MALE names. But for some reason, I don't mind Quinn on a girl. When I say it aloud it sounds similar to the feminine name "Gwen", and also given the substantial amount of fictional *female* characters that have bore this name, I can't help but first picture this name on a woman. That said, I would still never use this as a first name. Assuming I ever have a daughter I would consider this for a middle name. Just my two cents.
wichita_falconer  7/19/2008
The name of a vampire in L J Smith's series of books, The Night World. I like it, but only for a boy, because I think it suggests strength and masculinity.
Laurisgirl  8/15/2008
This name is ugly on a girl. It should be for boys only.
number1212  8/21/2008
Love it on a little girl, but the only Quinn I know is a boy.
― Anonymous User  10/13/2008
Michaela Quinn is a character on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
LMS  11/23/2008
Quinn may also be a diminutive of Tarquin.
LMS  11/23/2008
Quinn Mallory was a scientist who discovered a wormhole between parallel universes on the great but unfortunately canceled sci-fi series "Sliders". He was played by the very handsome Jerry O'Connell.
MandeePaige  7/22/2009
Quinn Fabray is a character on Glee.
italiannames  12/6/2009
If you find it too masculine, you could use 'Quinna' with an a instead. I have a friend with this name. I think it takes away from the classiness of the name, though.
Aureliano  2/26/2010
I think Quinn will always be female for me. Partly because it rhymes with the common feminine diminutive Lynn, and because of Quinn Fabray on Glee. It's a very cute name. ^-^
Hannah_E  6/9/2010
I think this is a nice name for a boy or girl.
Chrila96  10/31/2010
A family friend named their daughter this name except spelled it with an e on the end, Quinne. I find that a little weird but more feminine.
MirandaIrie  11/11/2010
Many families have the tradition of naming their fifth child Quinn. At least, all of the families I know who have at lest five children named the fifth Quinn, just because it sounds like quint, or five.
― Anonymous User  3/2/2011
Quinn James is a character on One Tree Hill, played by Shantel VanSanten. It's an awesome show worth watching!
I love the name Quinn, I think it is definitely feminine.
Grace_Scarlette  8/11/2011
Cool name for both genders~ I know a very nice and funny boy with the name, so I prefer it on a guy. :D
Christina Rose  8/23/2011
Since I read this name in a pink pocket, I love this name. But I think it's more a boy name than a girl name.
When I have to think about someone who's name is Quinn, I think about a macho football player or rugby player. A boy who is macho with a small heart. So very sensitive. Haha.
With a girl... Well I only can think about a girl who's nice.. but more things I can't think with it.
So in my opinion, Quinn is absolutely a boy name. And a pretty boy name too.
bella_forks  12/16/2011
My name is Quinnlyn, Quinn for short. Im a girl. I LOVE my name and couldn't imagine having any other one. It fits me more than some of you snobs can know.
― Anonymous User  12/25/2011
I have a male friend named Quinn and it totally suits him. I also love this as a girl's name. I think this name is absolutely elegant and perfect for either gender.
Hato-chan  4/11/2012
Quinn Pensky is a character on the TV show, Zoey 101!
lakin5  4/29/2012
From the Irish surname.
theresabug  7/10/2012
The name Quinn is also a diminutive of Quentin/Quinton. It is not a purely Irish surname. I prefer to see it used for a boys name. Quinn on a girl is too trendy.
Zimger  8/2/2012
Yet another surname-turned male name-turned trendy female name. I like the sound of the name, but I don't think it'll age well on either gender, but if you're gonna give it to your kid, at least use it on a boy! Come on!
― Anonymous User  3/21/2013
As an owner of this name and one who has extensively researched the origin of it, I take issue with some of the comments left in this section. Quinn (Mac cuinn) or (cuinn) (o'cuinn) (Quinn being anglo version) is an Irish surname first passed from father to son, and literally means son of Conn. Conn was an Irish king renowned for his strength in battle. Does this sound feminine? Not to me. But people can do or think what they want, regardless of the flaws in their thinking.
Fstoppage  12/6/2013
I intend to use this for my first daughter's middle name. I don't believe in boys names or girls names but rather I think any parent should be able to choose whatever they think sounds nice without ridicule. And I usually love "boys names" on girls anyway. As for using surnames as first names I think this is great! Personally I prefer using surnames within my own ancestry. I want to use this name as a nod to the long line of O'Quinn's on the maternal side of my family tree. While I stick to my comment that a parent should pick whatever they want, I love using names with some history in the family.
― Anonymous User  4/28/2014
I am proud to say that I'm a female whose first name is Quinn. My mother named me to signify strength and sincerity. I was born in 1979, so this was long before Daria & Zoey made this name trendy for girls. I didn't like my name for many years because everyone would tell me that it was a boy`s name. In high school, I became more confident in who I was born to be--a courageous leader. Even through grad school, I continued to get mail addressed to "Mr. Quinn ____." I just giggled! After reading comments on this site about my name, I'm intrigued and amused. The info about its Gaelic origin was particularly interesting. All in all, I know my mom made the right choice for me.
qa1979  6/6/2014
We named our daughter Quinn in 1992. We wanted a name that was a little unusual, so there wouldn't be three other girls in her class with the same name. We only later found out what the name meant; and she is extraordinarily intelligent and wise. I'm surprised so many people are so opinionated about the name's suitability for girls/boys. What's wrong with a unisex name? Like Chris, for example. Quinn likes her name just fine, and so do we.
kozad  7/4/2014
I like Quinn for either gender. After all, Quinn sounds cute. :D.
― Anonymous User  7/29/2014
My name is Quinn and right now I'm a teenager. I love my name. I am the only one in school and I'm a girl and I'm captain of the football team and wrestling team too. My name means chief and I think I proved my point.
QuinnyQ  8/12/2014
This is a boy's name. I am so sick of people using boys names for girls. There are plenty of girl's names for girls. Use one of them instead of shortening the pool for parents expecting a boy. Quinn is not a girl's name. It sounds ridiculous on a girl. Trendy now but won't hold the test of time. Give it up already.
― Anonymous User  9/22/2014
In Arabic you write Quinn as قون.
― Anonymous User  1/10/2015
MEANING: A variant of the name ceann meaning ”intelligent”, Quinn is the most common surname in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland and is increasingly used as a given name. As traditional quartermasters to the O’Neills, the kings of Ulster for over four centuries, Quinns were responsible for arms and provisions in both war and peace.
GENDER: Boy | Male
IRISH NAME: Quinn Quin
fraust  5/24/2015
Though in the US and Canada it is currently more popularly used for girls the rest of the world uses it predominately for males. If you are thinking about using it, keep this in mind.
fraust  5/24/2015
I had no idea that Quinn was used as a girl's name until read these posts. I like Quinnlyn a lot.
My male Pyrenian Shepherd is named Quinn and we love it - suits him perfectly - a strong and strangely melodic name.
lorimorton  6/10/2015
My daughter's name is Quinnlyn. She is strong and beautiful! Love the name. Not sure the hatred for the use of Quinn as a girls name :( makes me sad.
rbouch62  7/7/2015
My son is named Quinn and I think it's handsome. It's a shame North Americans don't care enough about Irish culture to respectfully use their names for the correct gender. The same thing can be said for Rory, Rowan, Shea, and Riley.
― Anonymous User  7/15/2015
Back in elementary school, I knew a boy named Quinn. Over time, I discovered that it could also be a girl's name, and sounded quite nice as either. It's a fine name, though not one that I'd even use for a child.

All of you saying that people who name girls Quinn are evil: Name trends change. Get used to it. Many names have switched back and forth between genders, and it's going to keep happening. Quinn has become able to be a girls name, and maybe someday it will become fully female, then switch back to male, and people will get angry at the 'idiots' who name their boys Quinn.
― Anonymous User  11/9/2015
I think it can be used as either a boy or girl name. I am naming my girl Quinn. Quinn was the maiden name of my great grandmother. It's funny how people strongly hate Quinn for a girls name. My name is Ashley and when I was younger in the dictionary it said a boys name. My dad has a girls name.
Crazyhairstylist03  12/1/2015
I like this name, but it's more masculine to me even though I don't know anybody with this name.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2015
Quinn sounds more masculine for me because it peaked in 2012, however I don't know anybody with this name.
― Anonymous User  1/13/2016
QUINN is a boy's name. My son's name is Quinn. We are Irish. When my husband and I were looking for names for our son we looked up male Celtic names. Never once was Quinn ever used as a female anything. I think it's wrong when people take a strong male name and use it for girls; it just makes me nuts. We watched the show sliders with Jerry O'Connell playing the main character Quinn Malerie. We thought then that was a good strong Celtic name for a BOY. We remembered this when we named our son. Why the people who keep making female characters on TV shows and name them Quinn is just stupid. Way to kill a strong male name. Stupid fads with girls being named a boy's name has just got to stop. THERE ARE SO MANY GIRLS NAMES ALREADY AND SO FEW GOOD NAMES FOR BOY'S. GIVE US BACK OUR STRONG MALE NAMES AND GO USE A FEMALE NAME- YOU HAVE ENOUGH TO CHOOSE FROM!
Quinnboyoboy  2/9/2016
An ugly, trashy, trendy name that doesn't age well or look good on either gender. Plus I dislike names that start with "Q"
― Anonymous User  2/14/2016
Because I love nearly all names beginning with Q, Quinn is definitely up there! I've always seen it as a boy's name (I named a male character Quinn), it's fine as a girl's name as well, although I wouldn't use it for a girl.
regeroni  3/2/2016
My daughter was born in 2000 and my husband and I named her Quinn. I've loved the name since I was a child and as I'm from Ireland I had never come across someone with the name, which we were very happy about. Then Glee started and my daughter's name was ruined forever. If only I could have seen into the future... I'm pretty sure she would have gotten a different name.
Gleeruinedmyname  4/16/2016
My daughter is 16 and everyone thinks her name suits her very well. It's a personal choice and I would never criticize someone's taste in names. It's vulgar to say the least.
Gleeruinedmyname  4/16/2016
I don't think this name sounds nice on either sex. I simply dislike the "Q" sound in names; it sounds so ugly to me.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/12/2016
I'm seriously considering naming our daughter Quinn, which to me, is a strong sounding and singular name - for either a girl or boy. With some Irish heritage in my family, I also love the nod to that culture.
Although this site denotes the name's derivative of a male Gaelic King, I've read it also means 'wise'. While everyone is allowed their own opinion, there's no need to be rude, demeaning nor snobbish about a name.
When you meet a person, their name is a herald of their being, and just like a perfume, cannot be fully appreciated until it's witnessed on a person. I love being open to embracing the evolution of language, specifically how we name ourselves and the things around us.
― Anonymous User  7/18/2016
Oh dear, it seems a lot of people don't know the meaning of unisex. I like this name on both genders. To the person saying it means son of Conn that's only when you have the Mac in front of it. Otherwise the meaning is wise. I would use this on a girl or Quinley and use the nickname Winnie.
― Anonymous User  7/20/2016
BOY ALL THE WAY: We used it as a boy's name. Our oldest is Connor... born on St. Patrick's Day and started the trend. Hubby is 1/2 Irish and I am 1/8 Irish. Next boy we named Liam. At the time (1994) NO ONE had heard this name (except maybe if they had heard of Liam Neeson, and he wasn't even quite the big star yet that he would become.) We loved the 2 names because we didn't hear of any wee ones in our part of U.S. with these names. Then they became popular. Liam is number 2 right now I think. Sad that it is becoming so common/overused but of course we still love the names. Last boy came along in 2002, and we named him Quinn. Everyone thinks it's awesome... a strong, good name! I see it for a boy (MANY people mention/humm the "Mighty Quinn" song by Manfred Mann) so if a girl had this name, they probably won't like that song reference going on but it's a nice name for anyone IMHO!
carolannn  8/1/2016
I'm a girl and my name is Quinn. I'm 9 yrs old. And I feel sad that some people tell me Quinn is a boy's name. But in my opinion I think it sounds better as a girl's name. Not that it's bad for a boy though. That's just what I think.
This is Quinn's Mom, she was upset when she read some comments on here about her name and how some people didn't like it for a girl. I don't want her growing up thinking her name isn't nice. I didn't like my name growing up, Robyn, I was made fun of because of it at times too. So I know what it's like to be unsure about your name. But I think Quinn is a super cute name for a girl. And if we ever meet a Quinn that is a boy, the parents usually seem upset that our daughters name is Quinn too. But so what, they shouldn't care. I think Quinn is a cool name all around, so to each his own, or HER own!
But please don't make fun of other people's names, you don't know the history or reasons behind it and you may be being a jerk to a little kid. Just think how you would feel if somebody said that about your name.

Thanks to all the Quinn supporters who commented for boys and girls alike!
― Anonymous User  8/8/2016
I think that Quinn is better as a girl name. Quiet honestly any name that can be used for a girl shouldn't be used for a boy at all! Boy/girl names should be left for girls. Names that are unisex can be quite terrible for boys and very weak. Quinn is for sure hands down a better girl name than boy and anyone who says different is a total nerd. Literally a nerd. With no taste... if anyone were to name their son Quinn I truly feel sad for that poor kid. Anyhow I vote Quinn as a beautiful smart, sassy, fun, outgoing, popular GIRL!
― Anonymous User  10/24/2016
I hate Quinn for a boy. I love the name Quinn for a girl. I think it's beautiful. I agree with the comment above.
― Anonymous User  10/24/2016
This is one unisex name that I think is actually unisex. I can easily picture Quinn on either a boy or a girl, and it's a name that ages well.

Please, everyone keep in mind that this website is purely for suggestions. Everyone here has the right to choose whether or not to use a name, with what spelling, on which gender... Not everyone will have the same take on a name, and you can't force anyone to see it your way. Please remember respect.
― Anonymous User  10/31/2016
I don't like this name it looks and sounds incomplete and infantile. I also think Quinn sounds too feminine for a boy.
Luvbug86  12/5/2016
Sorry to break it to the people who think Quinn is a boy's name, but actually it started as a surname which means it can therefore be used for either gender.
irish_lassy1979  12/17/2016
This name comes from the surname O'Cuinn, in Irish. Cuinn is the vocative case of Conn, and Conn was a man. So sorry "irish" poster above me and all those who think just because it's a surname it can be a girl's name too, it is a man's name. Don't argue with someone who can speak Irish.
― Anonymous User  5/5/2017
I absolutely hate this name as a boy's name. It sounds so beautiful and sweet as a girl's name and I absolutely love this name. It sounds nothing like a boys name, in fact I didn't even know it was a boys name until I saw this because the only Quinns I know are girls.
Starry Night  7/10/2017
Love this name for a girl. Strong and simple, defies "femininity" that is somehow mandatory when naming a girl.
Reenie_12  8/3/2017
I’m Chinese and my first name is Qing (pronounced as Chin). I have been in the states for about 5 years but haven’t got an English name yet. But most people would naturally call me Quinn when they see my name. I've had several professors in college that would just avoid calling my name, which is embracing sometimes... so... I’ve decided to go with the name Quinn which seems easier for English speakers. By the way, I’m a girl.
Qingl9408  11/16/2017
I don't like many Q names. I don't really like this name, but I do sort of like Aquinnah for a girl and Quinlin for a boy.
XironDarkstar  11/25/2017
My name is Quinn and I think this name is a beautiful name for girls. I am a girl and I enjoy my name. In school people think I'm funny and smart and I think of this name to describe me. For a boy I think of someone that is strong and respectful. I would see this boy if its name was Quinn as kind and nice to everyone. So I say that for both genders they are unique and nice. :)
Quinny  2/7/2018
My nickname is Quinn, and my original name sounds nothing like it. I've read a lot of books, and they're used for both genders. Just don't call people Quinny, it's very irritating and catchy.
― Anonymous User  3/2/2018
― Anonymous User  4/16/2018
Even though I am aware that Quinn is a male name in Ireland and a unisex name in America, I personally know four girls named Quinn, all aged 14-15, and I know of two more aged 17-18 or so. I have never met a male Quinn in my life, so I will always have the impression that Quinn is more of a feminine name.
averyleddy  4/24/2018

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