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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.

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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.

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

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Another 168 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Queen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Queen 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.

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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

Queen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Queen, who arrived in New York in 1804
  • Manuel Queen, who landed in America in 1805
  • James Queen, who landed in America in 1810
  • Charles Queen, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Patrick Queen, who arrived in America in 1811


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

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  • 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
  • Nolan Queen, American politician, Mayor of Weatherford, Texas, 1920-24
  • Kenneth E. Queen, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Upshur County, 1965-68
  • John W. Queen, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1896
  • J. Richard Queen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1952 (alternate), 1956
  • Ervin S. Queen, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Logan County; Elected 1966, 1968, 1970, 1972
  • David D. Queen, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1982-85

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  • The Ancestors and Descendants of Charles Jerningham Queen, Prince Georges County, Maryland by Mary Elizabeth Jensen.
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  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  7. 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).
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Queen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Queen 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 9 March 2016 at 15:58.

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