On the western coast of Scotland
and on the Hebrides
islands the Kuen family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from Suibhne,
an old Gaelic forename which probably means good-going
The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Shuibhne.
Early Origins of the Kuen family
The surname Kuen 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 Kuen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kuen research.Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1411 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Kuen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kuen Spelling Variations
In various documents Kuen has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. MacQueen, MacQueon, MacSween, MacSwene, MacSweyne, MacSwan, MacCunn and many more.
Early Notables of the Kuen 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... Another 118 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kuen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kuen family to Ireland
Some of the Kuen 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kuen family to the New World and Oceana
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 Kuen or a variant listed above: Alexander, David, Dugald, Dun, Hector, John McQueen all settled in South Carolina in 1716; John McQueen was banished from the west of England
in 1685 to New Jersey..