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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the Quam family were born. 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.

Quam Early Origins



The surname Quam 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.

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Quam Spelling Variations


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Quam Spelling Variations



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. Quam has been spelled MacQueen, MacQueon, MacSween, MacSwene, MacSweyne, MacSwan, MacCunn and many more.

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Quam Early History


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Quam Early History



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

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Quam Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Quam Early Notables (pre 1700)



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 Quam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Quam In Ireland


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Quam In Ireland



Some of the Quam 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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The Great Migration



Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North Ameri ca. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Quams to arrive on North American shores:

Quam Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anna Quam, aged 11, arrived in Illinois in 1843

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Contemporary Notables of the name Quam (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Quam (post 1700)



  • Louis J. Quam, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1952
  • Lois Quam, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 2008
  • Diane Quam, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 2008
  • C. B. Quam, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 35th District, 1953-54

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    10. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    11. ...

    The Quam Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Quam Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2015 at 09:54.

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