This name derives from the Latin personal name “Quintus”, from Earlier Latin “quīnque > quīntus” (Vulgar Latin: *cīnque), meaning “the fifth born”, which was originally given to the fifth child of the family or the fifth or youngest between five members of the same family of the same name. The name Quintus was used by both aristocratic and common families, and gave rise to the patronymic (a name derived from the name of one's father or a paternal ancestor), Quinctia and Quinctilia. The gens Quinctia was a patrician family at Rome. Throughout the history of the Republic, its members often held the highest offices of the state, and it produced some men of importance even during the imperial period. The feminine form of the Latin name Quintus is Quinta. In several countries the name was regularly abbreviated as Q.