The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland
spawned the name Cuen. It is derived from Suibhne,
an old Gaelic forename which probably means good-going
The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Shuibhne.
Early Origins of the Cuen family
The surname Cuen was first found in on the Isles of Skye
(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.
Early History of the Cuen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cuen research.Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1411 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Cuen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cuen Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations
appear in records of early Scottish names. Cuen has appeared as MacQueen, MacQueon, MacSween, MacSwene, MacSweyne, MacSwan, MacCunn and many more.
Early Notables of the Cuen family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was MacQueen of Pall à Chrocain, a legendary Highland deer stalker popularly believed to have slain the last wolf Tarnaway Forest in the province of Morayshire
in 1743. Apparently, he received a message from his chief, the Laird of Clan
Mackintosh, that a black wolf had killed two children. He arrived late for the meeting, received a tirade from his chief only to reveal from under his garment the head of the wolf. He described the event as... Another 84 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cuen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cuen family to Ireland
Some of the Cuen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 48 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cuen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Cuen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Cuen, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Chatham" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHATHAM 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/chatham1852.shtml.
- ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHATHAM 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/chatham1852.shtml.