MacQueen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The western coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the MacQueen family. Their name 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.

Early Origins of the MacQueen family

The surname MacQueen was 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.

Early History of the MacQueen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacQueen research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1411 and 1743 are included under the topic Early MacQueen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacQueen Spelling Variations

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. MacQueen has appeared in various documents spelled MacQueen, MacQueon, MacSween, MacSwene, MacSweyne, MacSwan, MacCunn and many more.

Early Notables of the MacQueen 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...
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Ireland Migration of the MacQueen family to Ireland

Some of the MacQueen 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.

United States MacQueen migration to the United States +

The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name MacQueen or a variant listed above include:

MacQueen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Amos MacQueen, who arrived in New England in 1651-1652 [1]
MacQueen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Macqueen, who landed in Maryland in 1716 [1]
  • Dugail Macqueen, who landed in Maryland in 1716 [1]
  • Dugall Macqueen, who arrived in Maryland in 1716 [1]
  • Hector Macqueen, who landed in Maryland in 1716 [1]
  • Alex Macqueen, who landed in Maryland in 1716 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
MacQueen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander MacQueen, aged 30, who landed in Maryland in 1813 [1]
  • Matthew MacQueen, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • James MacQueen, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1837 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name MacQueen (post 1700) +

  • Professor Hector L. MacQueen FBA, FRSE, Scottish academic, Professor of Private Law at the University of Edinburgh and a former Dean of its Faculty of Law
  • Robert MacQueen (1722-1799), Lord Braxfield, Scottish lawyer and judge
  • Andy MacQueen (d. 2018), Australian bass guitarist, known for his work with Exploding White Mice
  • Harry Macqueen (b. 1985), English stage and screen actor, writer and director
  • Dave MacQueen (b. 1959), Canadian former ice hockey player who played from 1979 to 1986
  • Roderick "Rod" Ian Macqueen AM, Australian former rugby union coach; he coached Australia at the Rugby World Cup, and the Waratahs, Brumbies and Rebels in the Super Rugby competition, inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2001
  • Major-General John Henry MacQueen (1893-1980), Canadian Master-General of Ordnance, National Defence Headquarters [2]
  • Eilidh Macqueen (b. 1986), Scottish-born, actress, known for her work on Belly of the Beast (2003), Shanghai (2010) and Trade of Innocents (2012)
  • Alex MacQueen (b. 1974), English actor, best known for his roles as Julius Nicholson in "The Thick of It" and as Neil's Dad in "The Inbetweeners"
  • General Thomas MacQueen (1792-1840), British army officer in the 45th Bengal Native Infantry regiment of the British East India Company, eponym of the Macqueen's Bustard

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Donald E. MacQueen, American Ensign working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [3]

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) John MacQueen. Retrieved from
  3. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook
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