The McQuen family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides
islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland
. The name McQuen is derived from Suibhne,
an old Gaelic forename which probably means good-going
The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Shuibhne.
Early Origins of the McQuen family
The surname McQuen 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 McQuen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McQuen research.Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1411 and 1743 are included under the topic Early McQuen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McQuen Spelling Variations
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations
. McQuen has been written as MacQueen, MacQueon, MacSween, MacSwene, MacSweyne, MacSwan, MacCunn and many more.
Early Notables of the McQuen 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 McQuen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McQuen family to Ireland
Some of the McQuen 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 McQuen family to the New World and Oceana
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 McQuen or a variant listed above include: 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..