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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.
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.
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.
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 and printed products wherever possible.
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 Queen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 and printed products wherever possible.
Dalriadan families proliferated in North Ameri ca. 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
Queen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Queen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
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.
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