Where did the baby name Quint come from in 1959?

The character Deputy Quint from the TV series Tombstone Territory (1957-1960).
Deputy Quint from “Tombstone Territory

The name Quint debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1959 and saw peak usage in 1964:

  • 1965: 56 baby boys named Quint [rank: 992nd]
  • 1964: 87 baby boys named Quint [rank: 810th]
  • 1963: 51 baby boys named Quint
  • 1962: 13 baby boys named Quint
  • 1961: 5 baby boys named Quint
  • 1960: unlisted
  • 1959: 7 baby boys named Quint [debut]
  • 1958: unlisted

Where did it come from?

There are two answers, actually. And both have to do with secondary characters in TV Westerns.

The first fictional Quint was on Tombstone Territory (1957-1960). Deputy Quint, played by actor Quentin Charles Sondergaard, appeared in about dozen episodes of the show during the third season. This is what boosted the name onto the charts in the first place.

The second fictional Quint was on Gunsmoke (1955-1975). Quint Asper — a half-white, half-Comanche blacksmith played by a young Burt Reynolds — appeared on 50 episodes of the show from 1962 to 1965. This is when the name saw its highest-ever usage.

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Source: Tombstone Territory (1957-60) – CTVA

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