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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. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    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. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    6. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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    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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