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.

Early Origins of the Drain family

The surname Drain was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1276 when Roger Drane held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Drain family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drain research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Drain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

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

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.
Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 [1]
  • John Drain, who arrived in New Jersey in 1811 [1]
  • Richard Drain, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • William Drain, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]

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 [2]

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 [3]

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) [4]
  • Patsy W. Drain, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Virginia, 2000 [5]
  • Laura Drain, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 2008 [5]
  • Mrs. James E. Drain, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1932 [5]
  • Gershwin Allen Drain, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 2001 [5]
  • Alton Drain, American Republican politician, Chair of Tyler County Republican Party, 1983 [5]
  • Thomas Drain (b. 1880), Scottish footballer


  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. ^ 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)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Jesse Drain. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Drain/Jesse_Cyrus/USA.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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