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The Spanish surname Quintana is of habitational origin. The name Quintana is chiefly found in the regions Catalonia, Asturias, Leon, and Galicia and is a name from any of the numerous places, named Quintana. The name is derived from the Spanish word quintana meaning “ a country house” (originally having a tax liability of one fifth of the annual produce). The first reference to the name in the United States was Domingo Quintana who settled in New Orleans in 1779. A notable bearer of the name was the accomplished 19th Century Spanish poet Manuel José Quintana y Lorenzo.