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If it is of Etruscan origin it's not pronounced tar-kwin - it'd be tar-keen or tar-koo-een because in Etruscan, the 'u' makes an 'oo' sound and the 'i' is pronounced like the 'i' in 'machine'. :)
-- Ora  2/16/2006
Tarquin "Quinn" Blackwood - the vampire from the latest books of the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, "Blackwood Farm" and "Blood Canticle".
-- Anonymous User  9/3/2006
Tarquin is the husband of Susan in the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella.
-- Anonymous User  10/20/2008
Call me crazy, but I think that this name would not look too bad on a female. Okay, maybe not on a child in modern day society, but maybe on a character. I certainly believe that if you spelt it a tad differently (eg: Tarquine) it would most definitely appear rather effeminate (though it may unfortunately alter the pronunciation a bit).
-- BlackMartian923  12/29/2008
This is the name of the last prince of Rome and rapist of Lucretia, the daughter of a prominent man and wife of a governor. Lucretia's rape and subsequent suicide led to a revolt that brought about the end of the Roman monarchy and the beginning of a republic. This story was popularized in Shakespeare's "The Rape of Lucrece".
Due to its historical context, not a great name for a child.
-- dramaelf  1/2/2010
Tarquin (Tarkin) is also the name of Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin in Star Wars, the Commander of the first Death Star.
Not really the greatest association.
-- Zanizaila  7/9/2010
This name is part of a gag in the book "I Am a Cat" by Soseki Natsume. The dialogue is:
Mrs Sneaze: "It seems there was in ancient Rome a king named Tarukin".
Waverhouse: "Tarukin? That name sounds odd in Japanese".
Mrs Sneaze: "I can never remember the names of foreigners. It's all too difficult. Maybe he was a barrel of gold. He was, at any rate, the seventh king of Rome".
The premise is that the name Tarquin in Japanese pronunciation sounds like "Tarukin" a combination of 樽 and 金, or "barrel of gold".
-- Anonymous User  7/4/2012
Unique... should be useful.
-- Hushpuppy  7/10/2014
Considered to be quite a posh name in the UK and is often used as the butt of jokes about aristocracy.
-- LMS  11/14/2014
I really like this name. I would use it, except I wouldn't want the association of Tarquin the rapist of Lucretia. :s.
-- Anonymous User  12/6/2014

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