QADIR m Arabic
Means "capable, powerful"
in Arabic. This transcription represents two different ways of spelling the name in Arabic. In Islamic tradition القادر (al-Qadir)
is one of the 99 names of Allah.
QASIM m Arabic, Urdu
Means "one who divides goods among his people"
, derived from Arabic قسم (qasama)
meaning "to share" or "to divide". This was the name of a son of the Prophet Muhammad
who died while young.
QAYS m Arabic
in Arabic. This was the real name of Majnun, the lover of Layla
, in Nizami Ganjavi's 12th-century poem Layla and Majnun
QIANG m Chinese
From Chinese 强 (qiáng)
meaning "strong, powerful, energetic", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
QING f & m Chinese
From Chinese 青 (qīng)
meaning "blue, green, young", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
QINGLONG m Chinese Mythology
From Chinese 青 (qīng)
meaning "blue, green" and 龙 (lóng)
meaning "dragon". This is the Chinese name of the Azure Dragon, associated with the east and the spring season.
QIU m & f Chinese
From Chinese 秋 (qiū)
meaning "autumn", 丘 (qiū)
meaning "hill, mound", or other characters with a similar pronunciation. The given name of the philosopher Confucius
QUEEN f English
From an old nickname that was derived from the English word queen
, ultimately from Old English cwen
meaning "woman, wife".
QUENTIN m French, English
French form of the Roman name QUINTINUS
. It was borne by a 3rd-century saint, a missionary who was martyred in Gaul. The Normans introduced this name to England. In America it was brought to public attention by president Theodore Roosevelt's son Quentin Roosevelt (1897-1918), who was killed in World War I.
QUERALT f Catalan
From the name of a Spanish sanctuary (in Catalonia) that is devoted to the Virgin Mary
QUETZALCOATL m Aztec and Toltec Mythology
Means "feathered snake"
in Nahuatl, derived from quetzalli
"feather" and coatl
"snake". In Aztec and other Mesoamerican mythology he was the god of the sky, wind, and knowledge, also associated with the morning star. According to one legend he created the humans of this age using the bones of humans from the previous age and adding his own blood.
QUINCTIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name derived from the given name QUINTUS
(which was itself originally spelled Quinctus
). This was the name of a patrician family that was especially prominent during the early Republic.
QUINCY m English
From a surname that was derived (via the place name CUINCHY
) from the personal name QUINTUS
. A famous bearer was John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), sixth president of the United States, who was born in the town of Quincy, Massachusetts. Both the town and the president were named after his maternal great-grandfather John Quincy (1689-1767).
QUINLAN m English (Rare)
From an Irish surname that was derived from Ó Caoinlean
meaning "descendant of Caoinlean"
. The name Caoinlean
means "slender" in Gaelic.
QUINN m & f Irish, English
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Cuinn
meaning "descendant of CONN"
QUINTILIAN m History
From the Roman cognomen Quintilianus
, earlier Quinctilianus
, which was itself derived from the family name QUINCTILIUS
. A notable bearer was the 1st-century rhetorician Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, simply known as Quintilian in English.
QUINTON m English
Variant of QUENTIN
, also coinciding with an English surname meaning "queen's town" in Old English.
QUINTUS m Ancient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, meaning "fifth"
in Latin. Originally, during the time of the early Roman Republic, it was spelled Quinctus
. This name was traditionally given to the fifth child, or possibly a child born in the fifth month. It was a common praenomen, being more popular than the other numeric Roman names. A notable bearer was the poet Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus).
QUIRINUS m Roman Mythology, Late Roman
Possibly derived from the Sabine word quiris
. Quirinus was a Sabine and Roman god, sometimes identified with Romulus
. He declined in importance after the early Republican era. The name was also borne by several early saints.
QULU m Azerbaijani
in Azerbaijani. It is sometimes used as the second part of compound names.
QUSAY m Arabic
Possibly derived from Arabic قصي (qasi)
. This was the name of an ancestor of the Prophet Muhammad
who was in charge of a temple in Mecca.
QUỲNH f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 瓊 (quỳnh)
meaning "deep red"
. This is also the Vietnamese name for a variety of flowering plant (genus Epiphyllum).