Drain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Drain is derived from the Middle English word "drane," or drone, which is the male honey bee. [1]

Early Origins of the Drain family

The surname Drain was first found in Yorkshire where according to the Hundredorum Rolls of 1276, Roger Drane held estates at that time. Later, Adam le Dron was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire in 1275 and Walter le Dran was listed in the Assize Rolls for Essex in 1285. [2]

In Somerset, John atte Drene was listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [3]

In Scotland, it is thought to be a "Kintyre surname, perhaps now obsolete. From Irish O'Dreain, 'descendant of Drean,' a wren.'The M'O'Drains, who were Lairds of Carrin and Drumavoulin are now called Drains. The last of these old lairds was Donald M'O'Dhrain (who) was out in the wars of Montrose." [4]

Early History of the Drain family

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Drain Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Drane, Drain, Drone, Dron, Dran, Drayne, Drayn and others.

Early Notables of the Drain family (pre 1700)

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Drain Ranking

In the United States, the name Drain is the 5,166th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Drain family to Ireland

Some of the Drain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Drain migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Drain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Drain, who arrived in New York city in 1811
  • Henry Drain, who arrived in New Jersey in 1811 [6]
  • John Drain, who arrived in New Jersey in 1811 [6]
  • Richard Drain, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [6]
  • William Drain, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1854 [6]

Canada Drain migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Drain Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Cathrine Drain, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick between the years 1833-1838
  • Catharine Drain, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
  • Mr. Michael Drain, aged 8 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Erin's Queen" departing 1st June 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 23rd July 1847 but he died on board [7]

Australia Drain migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Drain Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Ann Drain, (b. 1816), aged 15, English cook who was convicted in London, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 31st December 1831, arriving in New South Wales [8]

New Zealand Drain migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Drain Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J. Drain, American settler travelling from Honolulu aboard the ship "Tyrian" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 29th October 1851 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Drain (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Jesse Cyrus Drain (1883-1974), American Attached to Section Field Agencies, War Department Manpower Board (1943-1945) [10]
  • Patsy W. Drain, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Virginia, 2000 [11]
  • Laura Drain, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 2008 [11]
  • Mrs. James E. Drain, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1932 [11]
  • Gershwin Allen Drain, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 2001 [11]
  • Alton Drain, American Republican politician, Chair of Tyler County Republican Party, 1983 [11]
  • Thomas Drain (b. 1880), Scottish footballer


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 74)
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/burrell
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Jesse Drain. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Drain/Jesse_Cyrus/USA.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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