Names Starting with Q

Qadir m Arabic
Means "capable, powerful, mighty" 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.
Qamar m & f Arabic
Means "moon" in Arabic.
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
Means "measurement" in Arabic. This was the real name of Majnun, the lover of Layla, in Nizami Ganjavi's 12th-century poem Layla and Majnun.
Qemal m Albanian
Albanian form of Kamal 1.
Qemu'el m Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Kemuel.
Qiana f African American (Modern)
From the word for the silk-like material, introduced by DuPont in 1968 and popular in the fashions of the 1970s.
Qiang m Chinese
From Chinese (qiáng) meaning "strong, powerful, energetic", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
Qillaq m Indigenous American, Greenlandic
Means "seal hide" in Greenlandic.
Qing f & m Chinese
From Chinese (qīng) meaning "blue, green, young", as well as other characters pronounced in a similar way.
Qinglong m Chinese Mythology
From Chinese (qīng) meaning "blue, green" and (lóng) meaning "dragon". This is the Chinese name of the Azure Dragon, associated with the east and the spring season.
Qinnuajuaq f & m Indigenous American, Inuit
Means "rough-legged hawk" in Inuktitut (species Buteo lagopus).
Qismat m Arabic
Means "fate" in Arabic.
Qiu m & f Chinese
From Chinese (qiū) meaning "autumn", (qiū) meaning "hill, mound", or other characters with a similar pronunciation. The given name of the philosopher Confucius was .
Qodir m Tajik, Uzbek
Tajik and Uzbek form of Qadir.
Quân m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quân) meaning "army".
Quanah m Indigenous American, Comanche (Anglicized)
From Comanche kwana meaning "fragrant, smelly". Quanah Parker (1845-1911) was a 19th-century chief of the Kwahadi Comanche.
Quang m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quang) meaning "bright, clear".
Quanna f African American (Rare)
Elaboration of the phonetic element quan.
Quaoar m New World Mythology
English rendering of a Takic name (alternatively Kwawar or Kwauwar), of unknown meaning. In the mythology of the Mission Indians of southern California, Quaoar was a creator god also known as Chinigchinix. A dwarf planet in the outer solar system was named for him in 2002.
Quasimodo m Literature
From the name of the Sunday that follows Easter, called Quasimodo Sunday, which gets its name from the opening words of the Latin chant quasi modo (geniti infantes...) meaning "like the way (that newborn infants do...)". It was used by Victor Hugo for his novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831), in which Quasimodo is a hunchbacked bellringer at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He was named thus by Archdeacon Frollo because he was abandoned as a baby at the cathedral on Quasimodo Sunday, though Hugo states that Frollo may have been inspired by the alternate meaning for quasi "almost", referring to the almost-complete appearance of the foundling.
Queen f English
From an old nickname that was derived from the English word queen, ultimately from Old English cwen meaning "woman, wife".
Queenie f English
Diminutive of Queen.
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. A famous bearer is the American movie director Quentin Tarantino (1963-).
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 "quetzal feather, precious thing" and cōātl "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.
Quetzalli f Indigenous American, Nahuatl
Means "feather (from the quetzal bird)" or "precious thing" in Nahuatl.
Quidel m Indigenous American, Mapuche (Hispanicized)
Possibly from Mapuche küde meaning "burning torch".
Quido m Czech (Rare)
Czech form of Wido.
Quim m Portuguese, Catalan
Short form of Joaquim.
Quin m & f English (Rare)
Variant of Quinn.
Quinctilianus m Ancient Roman
Original Latin form of Quintilian.
Quinctilius m Ancient Roman
Roman family derived from the given name Quintus (which was itself originally spelled Quinctus).
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.
Quinctus m Ancient Roman
Earlier form of Quintus.
Quincy m English
From an English 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). Another notable bearer is the American musician Quincy Jones (1933-).
Quinlan m & f English (Rare)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Caoindealbháin, itself from the given name Caoindealbhán (Old Irish Caíndelbán).
Quinn m & f English
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Ó Cuinn, itself derived from the given name Conn. In the United States it was more common as a name for boys until 2010, the year after the female character Quinn Fabray began appearing on the television series Glee.
Quintella f English (Rare)
Feminine diminutive of Quintus.
Quinten m English, Dutch
Variant and Dutch form of Quentin.
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.
Quintillus m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen derived from the given name Quintus.
Quintín m Spanish
Spanish form of Quintinus (see Quentin).
Quintin m English
Variant of Quentin.
Quintina f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Quintinus.
Quintino m Italian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of Quintinus (see Quentin).
Quintinus m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was originally derived from Quintus.
Quinto m Italian
Italian form of Quintus.
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).
Quique m Spanish
Diminutive of Enrique.
Quirijn m Dutch (Rare)
Dutch form of Quirinus.
Quirin m German
German form of Quirinus.
Quirina f Late Roman
Feminine form of Quirinus.
Quirine f Dutch
Dutch feminine form of Quirinus.
Quirino m Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of Quirinus.
Quirinus m Roman Mythology, Late Roman
Possibly derived from the Sabine word quiris meaning "spear". 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.
Quispe m & f Indigenous American, Quechua (Hispanicized)
From Quechua qispi meaning "free" or q'ispi meaning "glass".
Quitéria f Portuguese
Portuguese form of Quiteria.
Quiteria f Spanish (Rare), Late Roman
Meaning uncertain, possibly a form of Kythereia. Saint Quiteria was a semi-legendary 2nd-century Iberian martyr.
Quixote m Literature
Created by the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes for the hero of his novel Don Quixote (1605). This is the character's surname; see Quixote.
Qulu m Azerbaijani
Means "servant" in Azerbaijani. It is sometimes used as the second part of compound names.
Q'uq'umatz m Mayan Mythology
Means "feathered serpent", from K'iche' Maya q'uq' "quetzal, quetzal feather" and kumatz "serpent, snake". This was the K'iche' equivalent of the Yucatec Maya god K'uk'ulkan, though the final element is derived from a different root.
Qurban m Urdu, Azerbaijani
From Arabic قربان (qurban) meaning "sacrifice, sacrificial animal". It is associated with the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, which features the ritual sacrifice of an animal.
Qusay m Arabic
Possibly derived from Arabic قصي (qasi) meaning "distant". This was the name of an ancestor of the Prophet Muhammad who was in charge of a temple in Mecca.
Quý f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quý) meaning "precious, valuable".
Quyên f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quyên) meaning "beautiful, graceful".
Quyền m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quyền) meaning "power, right, authority".
Quỳnh f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (quỳnh) meaning "deep red". This is also the Vietnamese name for a variety of flowering plant (genus Epiphyllum).