McQueeney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
On the Scottish west coast, the McQueeney family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes 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 McQueeney family
The surname McQueeney 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 McQueeney family
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McQueeney Spelling Variations
In various documents McQueeney 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 McQueeney 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...
Migration of the McQueeney family to Ireland
Some of the McQueeney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
McQueeney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
McQueeney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century