Type Surname

Meaning & History

Created by Miguel de Cervantes for the main character in his novel Don Quixote (1605), about a nobleman who goes mad after reading too many heroic romances and decides to become a wandering knight under the name Don Quixote. His real name in part one of the book is conjectured to be Quixada or Quesada [1], though in part two (published 10 years after part one) it is revealed as Alonso Quixano [2]. The Spanish suffix -ote means "large".

Related Names

VariantQuijote

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Entry added April 25, 2021