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The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the McQueen family. The root of their name is 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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The surname McQueen was 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.

Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. McQueen has been spelled MacQueen, MacQueon, MacSween, MacSwene, MacSweyne, MacSwan, MacCunn and many more.


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

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Notable amongst the Clan from early times was MacQueen of Pall 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 McQueen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the McQueen 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.

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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 McQueens to arrive in North America:

McQueen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John McQueen was banished from the west of England in 1685 to New Jersey
  • Duncan McQueen, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • Hugh McQueen, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • Janet McQueen, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • John McQueen, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
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McQueen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander, David, Dugald, Dun, Hector, and John McQueen all settled in South Carolina in 1716
  • Hector McQueen, who arrived in Maryland in 1716
  • David McQueen, who arrived in Maryland in 1716
  • Dugall McQueen, who arrived in Maryland in 1716
  • Alexander McQueen, who landed in Maryland in 1716
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McQueen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William McQueen, aged 39, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • James McQueen, aged 22, arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • Daniel McQueen, who landed in Ohio in 1830
  • Joseph McQueen, aged 46, arrived in New York in 1834
  • J McQueen, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

McQueen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Andrew McQueen arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849
  • Mary McQueen, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Norman McQueen, aged 52, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Hercules"
  • Alexander McQueen, aged 17, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Hercules"
  • Donald McQueen, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Hercules"
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McQueen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Archibald McQueen, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • G. B. McQueen arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
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  • Butterfly McQueen (1911-1995), American actress whose first role was the part of Prissy, Scarlett O'Hara's maid in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind
  • Terrence Steven "Steve" McQueen (1930-1980), Academy Award-nominated American movie actor, nicknamed "The King of Cool"
  • John McQueen (1804-1867), American politician and a member of the Confederate States Congress during the American Civil War
  • Tommy McQueen (b. 1963), former Scottish football defender
  • Gordon McQueen (b. 1952), former Scottish footballer
  • Matthew "Matt" McQueen (1863-1944), Scottish football player
  • Ewen Neil McQueen (1889-1967), Australian headmaster, prominent educational innovator, scientist, psychologist
  • Lee Alexander McQueen CBE (1969-2010), British fashion designer and couturier, recipient of the British Designer of the Year awards (1996, 1997, 2001 and 2003)
  • Cilla McQueen (b. 1949), New Zealand poet and three-time winner of the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry
  • Glenn John McQueen (1960-2002), Canadian computer character animation supervisor
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McQueen Historic Events



HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William McQueen (b. 1905), British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
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  • Clergymen and Chiefs: A Genealogy of the MacQueen and MacFarlane Families by Alex M. Quattlebaum.
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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    8. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
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