Tarquin
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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
This name is derived from the Roman family name Tarquinius, first born by the fifth (legendary) king of Rome, Lucius Tarquinius Priscus. According to legend he was originally from the Etruscan city of Tarch(u)na, known in Latin as Tarquinii, from which his name derives. More well-known is his (grand)son Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, the seventh and last king of Rome, whose son Sextus Tarquinius raped Lucretia, the wife of a family member. Her rape and consequent suicide was the catalyst for the overthrow of the Roman monarchy and the institution of the Roman Republic.
-- nienke09  5/5/2017

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