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Multiple Origins for the Surname Crain


Scottish


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.

Early Origins of the Crain family


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

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Early History of the Crain family

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Early History of the Crain family


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 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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Early Notables of the Crain family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Crain family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Crain family to Ireland

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Migration of the Crain family to Ireland


Some of the Crain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Crain family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Crain family to the New World and Oceana


After making their great crossing, many Boernician-Scottish families settled along the east coast of North America. 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, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1844 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • 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) [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 23) James Crain. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Crain/James_Kerr/USA.html
  • 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
  • Dunham J. Crain, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 14th District, 1858
  • Cleo Crain, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 2nd District, 1950
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 23) James Crain. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Crain/James_Kerr/USA.html

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