Quian is a very old Scottish name that may even date back to the Dalriadan tribe of Scotland's western coast and Hebrides
islands. It 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 Quian family
The surname Quian 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 Quian family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quian research.Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1411 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Quian History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Quian Spelling Variations
are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland
. Quian has been spelled MacQueen, MacQueon, MacSween, MacSwene, MacSweyne, MacSwan, MacCunn and many more.
Early Notables of the Quian 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 Quian Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Quian family to Ireland
Some of the Quian 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 Quian family to the New World and Oceana
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 Quians to arrive in North America: 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..