This surname of QUINONES is a Spanish topographic name for someone who lived on a piece of land that was shared out among a group of co-tenants for sowing. The name was derived from the Old Spanish word QUININ, and rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form QUIMONIS (group of five) a derivative of QUINQUE (five). The name is also spelt QUINTO, QUINONE and QUINTERO. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. Serafin Alvarez QUINTERO (1871-1938), was born at Utrera, Seville. He wrote many plays with his brother Joaquin, usually depicting Andalusian life. These include comedies and shorter pieces such as 'El Pario, Las de Cain', all written with a wonderful insight into Spanish life and character. In the 8th century, Spain fell under the control of the Moors, and this influence, which lasted into the 12th century, has also left its mark on Hispanic surnames. A few names are based directly on Arabic personal names. The majority of Spanish occupational and nickname surnames, however, are based on ordinary Spanish derivatives. In Spain identifying patronymics are to be found as early as the mid-9th century, but these changed with each generation, and hereditary surnames seem to have come in slightly later in Spain than in England and France. As well as the names of the traditional major saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. For the most part these names are characteristically Hispanic. They derive from the language of the Visigoths, who controlled Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries.
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