Crain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early History of the Crain family
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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.
Early Notables of the Crain family (pre 1700)
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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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Crain migration to the United States +
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 
- Philip Crain, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860
Contemporary Notables of the name Crain (post 1700) +
- Winnie Crain, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1952 (alternate), 1960
- William Henry Crain (1848-1896), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Texas, 1885-96 (7th District 1885-93, 11th District 1893-96); Died in office 1896
- William C. Crain, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Herkimer County, 1832, 1845-46
- Thomas C. T. Crain, American Democrat politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1925-27; New York County District Attorney, 1930-31; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1932. Cross-reference: Curtis A. Peters
- Thomas C. Crain, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Christian County, 1929-32
- Ross Crain, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California, 1990 (2nd District), 1992 (3rd District), 1994 (3rd District), 1998 (3rd District)
- Robert M. Crain, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Surry, 1948
- Robert Crain, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1924. Interment somewhere in Mt. Victoria, Maryland
- Ralph B. Crain, American politician, Mayor of North Kansas City, Missouri, 1967
- Newton Crain, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1928
- ... (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 +
- 1841 "Ten Sons of Oliver" by Solon P. Crain.
- ^ 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)