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Where did the Scottish McQueen family come from? What is the Scottish McQueen family crest and coat of arms? When did the McQueen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McQueen family history?The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the McQueen family. The root of their name is Suibhne, an old Gaelic forename which probably means good-going or well-going. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Shuibhne.
Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. McQueen has been spelled MacQueen, MacQueon, MacSween, MacSwene, MacSweyne, MacSwan, MacCunn and many more.
First found in on the Isles of Skye and Lewis (Scottish Gaelic: Leòdhas), where they were originally a branch of the MacDonalds of Clanranald. But although the MacQueens held lands of Garafad on the Isle of Skye for several centuries it is likely that the first MacQueen was the Lord of Knapdale in Argyllshire who held Castle Sween.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McQueen research. Another 271 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1411 and 1743 are included under the topic Early McQueen History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 168 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McQueen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the McQueen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 148 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first McQueens to arrive in North America:
McQueen Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
McQueen Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
McQueen Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The McQueen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McQueen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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