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Where did the Scottish Queen family come from? What is the Scottish Queen family crest and coat of arms? When did the Queen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Queen family history?

The Queen family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name Queen is derived from Suibhne, an old Gaelic forename which probably means good-going or well-going. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Shuibhne.

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Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Queen has appeared in various documents spelled MacQueen, MacQueon, MacSween, MacSwene, MacSweyne, MacSwan, MacCunn and many more.

First found in on the Isles of Skye and Lewis (Scottish Gaelic: Ledhas), 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Queen research. Another 271 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1411 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Queen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 168 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Queen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Queen 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.

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Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Queen or a variant listed above:

Queen Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Amos Queen, who landed in New England in 1651-1652

Queen Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Queen, who arrived in New York in 1804
  • Manuel Queen, who landed in America in 1805
  • James Queen, who landed in America in 1810
  • Charles Queen, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Patrick Queen, who arrived in America in 1811


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  • Ivy Queen (b. 1972), Puerto Rican-American Latin Grammy nominated composer and singer
  • Melvin Joseph Queen (1918-1982), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Melvin Douglas "Mel" Queen (b. 1942), American Major League Baseball player and pitching coach
  • John Queen (1882-1946), Scottish-born, Manitoba politician


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  • The Ancestors and Descendants of Charles Jerningham Queen, Prince Georges County, Maryland by Mary Elizabeth Jensen.
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  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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  9. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Queen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Queen 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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