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Subject: Re: [QUEEN] McQueen, MacQueen, or Macqueen?
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 01:20:45 -0500 (EST)
Some researchers say that some of the McQueen/MacQueen arrivals in MD/VA
early 1700s dropped the "Mc/Mac" prefix so that they could more easily get
land in the English controlled colonies (Scots couldn't get land that easily).
My 3g grandmother was Nancy Queen (married Samuel Carson c1823 Haywood NC),
and a couple of Nancy's Queen cousins moved to TX 1850s with them.
However, I grew up in TX and I've never met a person surnamed Queen. A friend
that grew up in western NC said he knew of a lot of Queen families in that
In a message dated 2/25/2011 6:11:38 P.M. Central Standard Time,
I am certainly no expert, but this subject has always interested me.
Many immigrants in the 1600 and 1700's were named Queen or Mc/MacQueen. I
recall reading once about the name change away from Mc/MacQueen to just
Queen " It was neither fashionable nor advantageous to be a Scot in the
Colonies before the Revolution" or " An Irishman is only a Scot who learned
Most of our ancestors from Scotland or Ireland during that time period
neither read nor write and spoke with a brogue that made the answer to
Name ?" a frustrating experience. The Scot could probably not read what was
written after he answered the question.
My ancestor John "Mac"Queen came to the Colonies in 1685 as a religious
prisoner from Scotland. His name is inscribed on the walls of The Castle
Dunnator as Jon Mkqueen. In the ship's log he is listed as John McQueen or
McEwan. Many years later, when his son Timothy MacQueen died in Maryland,
his wife Jane was listed as McQueen. His son William MacQueen dropped the
Mac when he moved to North Carolina in 1740 and it remained unchanged for
270 years until my son decided to change his name from Queen to McQueen.
Confusing eh ? I guess the answer is that the names are interchangeable
depending upon the decade and the whim of the record keeper.
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> Surnames: Queen, McQueen, MacQueen, Macqueen
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> The Queen surname is an anglicized version of the above names. Does any
> expert in the family know which of the spellings is correct for the
> side of the family? What is the difference between Mc and Mac? Would
> really appreciate an explanation from someone in the know! Thanks!
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