For those of you searching for information on Cuen families. There was a recent posting on the Spain-L mailing list that caught my attention.:
To: Raclare Kanal, 102563,1371
Date: Tue, May 29, 2001, 1:52 PM
RE: [SPAIN-L] CUÉ
I have recently received the marriage certificate of Mateo CUE and Leonora
NECK, in Newport, Wales 1870. Mateo was a steam ship engineer and doesn't
appear in the 1881 UK census, which makes me suspect that he went overseas
shortly after his wedding, presumably taking his bride with him. It has been
suggested that CUE might be of Spanish, Portuguese or South American origin.
If anyone is researching the name I would very much like to hear from you.
One of the witnesses to the marriage was Marcos URANGA.
Mayra Sanchez-Johnson, who is a professional genealogist - works more in Spain and Cuba than in Mexico - replied, noting that there was a place in Spain with that name. (<< There is a town called Cue in the province of Oviedo, municipality of Llanes. So they could be Asturians.) I replied to Mayra, telling her that there were people on the Sonora list looking for info on the name Cuen, and asking if she thought there might be a connection. This was her reply:
I saw no Cuen in the surname dictionary and none in the geographical
Since Sonorense descendants know that there was indeed such a name, the possibility of its being a variant might be something to look into. I just did a DRSW search on it and found 3 "hits", dating to 1711. This was a report on mining at the site of "Coseguriachi" listing Matheo Cuen as the author. This would be in present-day Chihuahua, I believe.