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OTHER FORMS: Quartermaine
Meaning & History
From a medieval nickname for a very dextrous person, or for someone who habitually wore gloves (from Old French quatremains, literally "four hands"). A fictional bearer of the surname is Allan Quartermain, the hero of 'King Solomon's Mines' (1886) and other adventure novels by H. Rider Haggard. A variant spelling was borne by the British actor Leon Quartermaine (1876-1967).