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An ancient Scottish tribe called the Boernicians were the ancestors of the first people to use the surname Crain. It is a name for a person whose was tall, and had long legs. This nickname derived from the Old English words cranuc, and cornuc, which mean crane.

Crain Early Origins



The surname Crain was first found in Suffolk, England, before the name made its way North to Scotland.

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Crain Spelling Variations


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Crain Spelling Variations



Spelling rules only evolved in the last few centuries with the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries. Spelling variations are extremely common in names from before that period. Crain has been spelled Crane, Craine, Crain, Cran, Crann, Crayne and others.

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Crain Early History


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Crain Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crain research. Another 344 words (25 lines of text) covering the year 1398 is included under the topic Early Crain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crain Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Crain Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Crain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crain In Ireland


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Crain In Ireland



Some of the Crain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



After making their great crossing, many Boernician-Scottish families settled along the east coast of North Ameri ca. When the War of Independence broke out, United Empire Loyalists moved north to Canada while the rest stayed to fight. The ancestors of many of these Scots still populate the continent. This century, through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations, they began to rediscover their collective national heritage. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Crain or a variant listed above:

Crain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Crain, aged 32, landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1844
  • Philip Crain, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Crain (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Crain (post 1700)



  • William Cullen Crain (1798-1865), American physician and politician, Speaker of the New York State Assembly in 1846
  • Kurt Crain (1964-2012), American football player and coach
  • John Luther Crain (b. 1960), American academic, current President of Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Dunham Jones Crain (1831-1908), American politician and diplomat
  • Brigadier-General James Kerr Crain (1879-1972), American Assistant Military Attaché to United Kingdom (1942-1945)
  • Jeanne Crain (1925-2003), American Academy Award nominated actress, known for her roles in State Fair (1945), A Letter to Three Wives (1949), Leave Her to Heaven (1945) and Pinky (1949)
  • Clayton Crain, American comic book artist, known for his work with Marvel
  • Technical Sergeant Morris E Crain, American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Jesse Crain (b. 1981), Canadian Major League Baseball player

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Suggested Readings for the name Crain


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Suggested Readings for the name Crain



  • Ten Sons of Oliver by Solon P. Crain.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    3. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The Crain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Crain 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.

    This page was last modified on 2 September 2016 at 13:03.

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