Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Quincy

Quincy is an English masculine name derived from the old Roman given name Quintus which means “fifth”. During Antiquity the Latin name Quintus was mainly given to the child born fifth in terms of birth order (or occasionally when the child was born in the fifth month of the year). In essence, Quincy comes from the same source as Quentin. Quincy is also the transferred use of an English surname which originated as a French place name from Cuinchy, Normandy (also derived from the Gallo-Roman personal name Quintus). Cuinchy/Quincy became a baronial family name of prominence in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They were influential on both sides of the Anglo-Scottish border and related to royalty. Saer de Quincy, the first Earl of Winchester, was a leader in the baronial opposition to King John of England and became one of the signers of the Magna Carta (which greatly reduced the authority of the English monarchy). Quincy also became a prominent family name in early New England. John Quincy was a Revolutionary War soldier and an early American politician (Quincy, Massachusetts is named for him). His grand-daughter Abigail Smith became the wife of the 2nd U.S. president John Adams and the mother of the 6th president John Quincy Adams (who she named after her grandfather). It’s safe to say that Quincy is a surname of some prestige in England, Scotland and the United States.

All About the Baby Name – Quincy

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME QUINCY

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME QUINCY

As a masculine forename, Quincy has been in use since at least the 19th century (which is when the U.S. government first began tracking naming trends). We’re pretty certain the name existed prior. By the 20th century, in the early 1900s, Quincy was not a hugely popular choice and pretty much languished at low levels of usage. The name saw most of its improvement in the 1970s when in one decade alone, Quincy climbed over 500 positions on the charts. This surge in popularity was likely influenced by the well-known and highly talented record producer Quincy Jones. In the 1980s and onwards, Quincy has settled down to lower levels of mild moderation. We should mention that Quincy is occasionally used as a girl’s name, although never enough to appear on the American female naming charts. The name is androgynous enough to be used on either gender in our opinion and works equally as well. It’s a strong, confident name with added uniqueness stemming from under usage and the fact that it’s one of those rare Q names. Quincy is Qool, Qute and Quaint all at once.

Quick Facts

ON QUINCY

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

603

PRONUNCIATION:

KWIN-cee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Fifth

Characteristics

OF QUINCY

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Quincy

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME QUINCY

Popular Songs

ON QUINCY

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Quincy


Famous People

NAMED QUINCY

Quincy Jones (music producer)
Quincy Black (football player)
Quincy Butler (football player)
Quincy Carter (football player)
Quincy Douby (basketball player)
Quincy Morgan (football player)
Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (soccer player)
Quincy Trouppe (baseball player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED QUINCY

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Quincy

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME QUINCY

Josiah Quincy is the name of six generations of prominent Massachusetts men who each bore the name of their preceding fathers. The first, Josiah Quincy I, was a Revolutionary War soldier. The next was known as “the patriot,” a skillful orator who had gone to Britain to argue the causes of the colonies. His son, the next Josiah Quincy (III) was both the mayor of Boston and then the President of Harvard University. His son Josiah also became the mayor of Boston and was instrumental in the establishment of the Massachusetts Board of Education. The fifth Josiah was a poet and a writer, and the last Josiah Quincy also became the mayor of Boston. Quite an impressive set of Josiahs, indeed!