Quince


Quince
Recorded in several forms as shown below, this is now arguably an Anglo-French surname but definately one of medieval French origins. It is locational from either the village of Quincy-sous-Senart in the departement of Seine-et-Oise, or Quincy-Voisins in Seine-et-Marne, or Cuinchy in the Pas-de-Calais. All derive their names from the pre 3rd century Gallo-Roman personal name Quintas, meaning fifth born, and the name of a famous Roman clan. The surname was introduced into England by followers of Duke William of Normandy at the time of the Conquest of England in 1066, the surname being one of the earliest recorded anywhere in the world. In the modern idiom the surname spellings include de Quincey, Quince, Quincey, Quinsee, Quinsey and others. Amongst the early recordings are those of Henri de Quenci in the Danelaw Documents of England in 1154, whilst from the church registers we have Bennet Quince who married Thomas Gee on December 14th 1592, at St. Dunstan's Stepney. The English writer Thomas de Quincey (1785 - 1859), was born in Manchester, to a family who in the 13th century held the earldom of Winchester. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Saer de Quincy. This was dated 1153 - 1163, in the records of the Knight Templars (Crusaders). Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • quince — (Del lat. quindĕcim). 1. adj. Diez y cinco. 2. decimoquinto. Número quince. [m6]Año quince. Apl. a los días del mes, u. t. c. s. [m6]El quince de enero. 3. m. Conjunto de signos o cifras con que se representa el número quince. 4. Juego d …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Quince — (kw[i^]ns), n. [Prob. a pl. from OE. quyne, coin, OF. coin, cooin, F. coing, from L. Cydonius a quince tree, as adj., Cydonian, Gr. ? Cydonian, ? ? a quince, fr. ? Cydonia, a city in Crete, ? the Cydonians. Cf. {Quiddany}.] 1. The fruit of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quince — adjetivo,pronombre numeral cardinal,sustantivo masculino 1. Cantidad que representa la cifra 15: Repitió lo mismo quince veces. adjetivo numeral ordinal,sustantivo masculino y femenino 1. Decimoquinto: el capítulo quince, el quince de agosto.… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • QUINCE — QUINCE, name of both a tree, Cydonia oblonga, and its fruit. It is not mentioned in the Bible, but in rabbinic literature it is referred to under three names: ḥavush, parish, and aspargal. Ḥavush (Aram. ḥavusha) is mentioned as being given to the …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • quince — [kwıns] n [U and C] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Plural of coyn, quyn quince (14 16 centuries), from Old French coin, from Latin cotoneum, cydoneum (malum) Cydonian (apple) , from Greek Kydonia Cydonia , ancient city in Crete] a hard yellow fruit… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • quince — (n.) early 14c., plural of quoyn, from O.Fr. cooin, from L. cotoneum malum quince fruit, probably a variant of cydonium malum, from Gk. kydonion malon apple of Kydonia (modern Khania), ancient seaport city in Crete. The plant is native to Persia …   Etymology dictionary

  • Quince et le va — Quince et le va, s. u. Pharao, S. 36 …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • quince — [ kwıns ] noun count or uncount a hard round fruit that looks like a yellow apple and can be eaten only when it is cooked. It is usually used for making jelly …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • quince — ► NOUN ▪ the hard, acid, pear shaped fruit of an Asian shrub or small tree, used in preserves or as flavouring. ORIGIN Old French cooin, from Latin malum cydonium apple of Cydonia (= Chania, in Crete) …   English terms dictionary

  • quince — [kwins] n. [ME qwince, orig. pl. of quyn < OFr cooin < VL * cotoneum, for L cydonium < Gr kydōnion (mēlon), Cydonian (apple) < Kydōnia, Cydonia, town on N coast of Crete] 1. a golden or greenish yellow, hard, apple shaped fruit of a… …   English World dictionary

  • Quince — Not to be confused with quints. For other uses, see Quince (disambiguation). Quince Cydonia oblonga flowers Scientific classification …   Wikipedia


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