A Mennonite family name, Quiring occurred first as a Christian name; Quirin van der Meulen (d. ca. 1600), the second elder of the Danzig congregation, latinized his Frisian name Kryn. The final g is the Frisian patronymic; Quiring means "son of Quirin." The name was most frequently found in the Ladekopp, Orlofferfelde, and Tragheimerweide congregations. Many preachers and deacons in the West Prussian congregations since 1650 had this name. Johann Quiring was a minister in Russia.
From Russia the name Quiring spread to North and South America. Today it is found in Canada, the United States, South America and Australia. Several notable representatives have been Johann Quiring (1851-1912), elder of the Am Trakt Mennonite Church, Samara, Russia; his son Jacob Quiring, an evangelist and Old Testament scholar who taught at Bluffton College and Witmarsum Theological Seminary; Walter Quiring, an educator and journalist who was editor of Der Bote in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, starting his position in May 1955; Horst Quiring, a minister, a Mennonite historian, and manager of the Evangelische Missionsverlag of Stuttgart, Germany.
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Quiring, Horst. "Quiring family name." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 2 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Quiring_family_name&oldid=120839.
Quiring, Horst. (1959). Quiring family name. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 2 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Quiring_family_name&oldid=120839.
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