Queen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Queen family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name Queen is derived 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 Queen family

The surname Queen 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 Queen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Queen research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1411 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Queen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Queen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Queen has appeared in various documents spelled MacQueen, MacQueon, MacSween, MacSwene, MacSweyne, MacSwan, MacCunn and many more.

Early Notables of the Queen 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...
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Ireland Migration of the Queen family to Ireland

Some of the Queen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 48 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Queen migration to the United States +

Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Queen or a variant listed above:

Queen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Amos Queen, who landed in New England in 1651-1652 [1]
Queen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Queen, who arrived in New York in 1804 [1]
  • Manuel Queen, who landed in America in 1805 [1]
  • James Queen, who landed in America in 1810 [1]
  • Charles Queen, who arrived in America in 1811 [1]
  • Patrick Queen, who arrived in America in 1811 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Queen migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Queen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Queen U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 276 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [2]

Australia Queen migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Queen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Queen, (b. 1810), aged 28, Irish solder born in County Down, Ireland who was convicted in Quebec, Canada for 21 years for assault, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 24th March 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Queen (post 1700) +

  • Melvin Douglas "Mel" Queen (b. 1942), American Major League Baseball player and pitching coach
  • Melvin Joseph Queen (1918-1982), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Ivy Queen (b. 1972), Puerto Rican-American Latin Grammy nominated composer and singer
  • Paul A. Queen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1912 [4]
  • Nolan Queen, American politician, Mayor of Weatherford, Texas, 1920-24 [4]
  • Kenneth E. Queen, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Upshur County, 1965-68 [4]
  • John W. Queen, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1896 [4]
  • J. Richard Queen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1952 (alternate), 1956 [4]
  • Ervin S. Queen, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Logan County; Elected 1966, 1968, 1970, 1972 [4]
  • David D. Queen, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1982-85 [4]
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Queen +

  • 1874 The Ancestors and Descendants of Charles Jerningham Queen, Prince Georges County, Maryland by Mary Elizabeth Jensen.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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