There aren’t many to choose from. It ranks twenty-fifth of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. Only U offers fewer choices for our daughters.
Just one of the baby girl names beginning with Q makes the Top 100. In fact, it’s the only Q name ranked in the entire Top 1000.
The rest range from vaguely familiar to downright rare. That makes the letter Q a logical possibility if you’re hoping for a stand-out baby name.
But these dozen Q names could be just perfect for a child.
GIRL NAMES STARTING WITH Q in the US TOP 1000
A Top 100 favorite, Irish surname Quinn is more popular for girls than boys. It’s a modern take on Lynn with the benefit of that stylish initial. Alternative spellings like Quin are sometimes seen, but Quinn remains the overwhelming favorite.
UNCOMMON GIRL NAMES STARTING WITH Q
A regal title name in the key of Duke, Prince, and King, with some rock and roll edge, too.
Long before there was House, another medical drama featured a brilliant, principled doctor – Quincy, M.E. (The 1970s show focused on a medical examiner who helped the LAPD solve crimes.) But that’s long in the past now, and Quincy fits with so many appealing surname names. You might find it spelled Quincey or even Quincie or Quincee, but it’s relatively uncommon in any version.
While Quinley is used in very small numbers, many alternative spellings make this Quinn + -ley name more popular than it first appears. You might also see Quinnley, Quinnlee, Quinlee, or other spellings that echo many popular girl names of the moment.
As with Quinley, Quinlyn can also be spelled Quinnlynn, Quinlynn, or Quinnlyn. In this case, it’s somewhere between the add -lyn approach so popular for girls’ names and the surname Quinlan.
RARE Q NAMES FOR GIRLS
An Arabic name meaning mighty.
QIANA and QUIANA
In the 1960s, DuPont created a silky fabric called Qiana. It caught on as a baby name by the late 1970s. The spelling Quiana saw some use, too, as did Kiana. The K spelling remains the most popular.
If Qiana became Kiana, maybe it’s no surprise that Kyra became Qira … at least every once in a while.
Queen shares much with King, while Queenie might be closer to sparky retro nickname names like Sadie and Millie. It’s a particularly appealing nickname option for Victoria, inspired by the long-reigning British monarch. Queena is another possibility.
An old school place name, preserved in England’s Quenby Hall.
A Spanish place name associated with the Virgin Mary, Queralt has enjoyed use in Spain and elsewhere in the Spanish-speaking world. In English, it sounds quite close to Carol.
A Spanish word meaning sweetheart, it’s rare as a given name, but not unknown.
A daring word name, and a unisex choice for a son or a daughter. It seems like a logical successor to so-popular Journey.
It’s not obvious to English speakers at first glance, but Queta is a Spanish feminine form of Henry. How? Henry is Enrique in Spanish; Enriqueta is the feminine variation. And Queta is a short form of the last.
A Nahuatl name meaning feather, or possibly “precious thing,” this name refers to the quetzal bird. It’s native to Guatemala and Mexico. Many indigenous names have filtered into wider use in those regions, like Citlali and Xochitl. As Spanish-speaking families have moved to the US, they’ve brought those names along, too, so Quetzalli is occasionally heard in the US.
It could be a name borrowed from Incan mythology, or possibly a form of Aquila – meaning eagle.
An Irish surname name that could work well for a daughter, especially with nickname Quinn.
Possibly a name for a fifth child, akin to Quentin or Quintin for a son and so many other potential number-inspired names.
It looks like a Quinn-Tessa mashup, but Quintessa comes from the word quintessence. It refers to perfection. Think of quintessential – the ultimate form. It originally referred to ether – the fifth element suggested by Aristotle to complement air, fire, water, and earth.
It’s both the name of a fifth-century saint and a name associated with Greek love goddess Aphrodite.
The French form of Quiteria.
Uncommon as a word, and nearly unknown as a given name, Quintessence implies perfection. It makes the related Quintessa seem even more name-like, though both could shorten to Quinn or Tess.
At first glance, Quorra is a tortured spelling for Cora. Except it’s the version used in sci fi, from Tron to Star Trek, and that makes it familiar to a wide audience. Question-and-answer site Quora also comes to mind.
What are your favorite girl names starting with Q?
First published on April 26, 2021, this post was revised and re-published on January 17, 2022 and April 10, 2023.