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Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Caines originally appeared in Gaelic as O Cathain.
The surname Caines was first found in Derry, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Caines that are preserved in archival documents are Cain, Caine, Kane, Kain, Cahan, O'Cahan, Kean, Keane, O'Keane, Ceane, Cean, Kahan, O'Kean, O'Kane, O'Kaine, Kaine, Keann, Cainn, Cainne, Kainn, Cahann, O'Cain and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caines research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1196 is included under the topic Early Caines History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Caines Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Caines name:
Caines Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Caines Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Caines Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Caines Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Caines Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Caines Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Caines 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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