Pet form from the affectionate nickname Queen, with the addition of the diminutive suffix -ie. In the Victorian era it was sometimes used as an allusive pet form for Victoria. The vocabulary word queen goes back to Old English cwēn, akin to cwene ‘woman’, with a fanciful respelling.
English and Welsh: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jon(e) (see John). The surname is especially common in Wales and southern central England. In North America this name has absorbed various cognate and like-sounding surnames from other languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988).