English:1. habitational name from any of the places, for example in Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, and Birmingham, named in Old English as cwēn tūn, from Old English as ‘the queen's settlement’. Compare Kingston . 2. from the Old French personal name Quentin, Quintin ( see Quintin ). 3. (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of the places in northern France named for St. Quentin of Amiens, a 3rd-century Roman missionary to Gaul, for example Saint-Quentin in La Manche or Saint-Quentinen-Tourmont in Somme, the site of his martyrdom.
Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.