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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.

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, 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)
  • 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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Crain Family Crest Products


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Crain Family Crest Products




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See Also


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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)

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  3. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  8. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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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 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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