Quant Surname Meaning, History & Origin

Select Quant Meaning

The English surname Quant probably derives from the old French word quointe, meaning “knowing” or
“clever.”  It became a nickname, given possibly to someone admired
for his good sense or skill or perhaps noted for elegance and dress,
and then a surname.  The English word quant gradually acquired the sense
of being skilfully made and this evolved into the modern form quaint,
meaning more “pleasantly unusual” or “odd.”

The Quant name in America is more likely to be of German or Dutch
origin, as an alternative spelling of Quandt.  Quant/Quandt in
German was also at first a nickname, from the low German quant
meaning “rogue” or “prankster.”

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Quant Ancestry

Quandt/Quant as surnames in
Germany dates back to the 13th century and the Baltic province of
Pomerania.   Its most famous bearers were Gunther Quandt, the
German industrialist
instrumental in
the rise of the motor company BMW, and his son Herbert who saved the
company in the 1960’s.  These Quandts were in fact descendants of
Dutch rope-making family who had settled in Germany in the 18th

England.  Quant in England
appears to have been mainly a west country surname, originating perhaps
Devon (there is a Quant Park in Tiverton, Devon).  Forty percent
of the Quants in England were living in
Devon at the time of the 1881 census.  Some earlier Quant
recordings in the county were:

  • Henry Quant of Taunton, who was deported  for his part in
    Monmouth’s rebellion of 1685
  • John and Henry Quant of Halberton near Tiverton, recorded as
    the Devon oath in 1723
  • Mary Quant, who married Philip Hannabus in Halberton in 1768
  • John Quant, who married Honour Davey in Butterleigh near Tiverton
    in 1790
  • and John Quant, a schoolmaster in Taunton, who died there in 1811

John Quant, a convict transported to Australia, also came from the
Halberton/Tiverton area.  He subsequently adopted his stepfather’s
name of Hannabus.

There were Quants living elsewhere in the country.

Quants in Bury St. Edmonds in Suffolk date from the 17th century.
Ebenezer Quant was a Baptist missionary sent to the Bahamas in the
1830’s.  Quants were shoemakers in the town from the 1860’s to the

Quints in Staffordshire became Quants in Bottesford, Leicestershire
where William and Sarah Quant lived in the early 1800’s.  The line
from there went to the Rev. William Cheadle Quant, born in 1816, to
John Cheadle Quant, born in 1849, variously described as a piano tuner,
minstrel, ventriloquist, and conjurer.

Mary Quant,
the 1960’s fashion icon, was born in London.  But her roots were
in south Wales as her parents Jack and Mildred had come from mining

America.  In America the
Quant/Quandt names are likely to be of German or Dutch origin.
The Quandt surname was a common name of Dutch origin in
the Mohawk valley in upstate New York.  One Quant history in
America traces the descendants of Charles Quant who
had come from Germany to Ohio around 1870.

Quant Names

  • Mary Quant was a fashion designer and British fashion
    icon in her role in introducing the miniskirt in the 1960’s.

Select Quants Today

  • 300 in the UK (most numerous
    in Devon)
  • 200 in America (most numerous in Florida)


Select Quant and Like Surnames 

Many surnames originated from SW England, the principal counties there being Devon and Cornwall, Somerset and Gloucestershire.  These are some of the prominent and noteworthy surnames that you can check out.





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