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

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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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drain research. Another 262 words (19 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.

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

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Some of the Drain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

Drain Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Cathrine Drain, who arrived in St. John, New Brunswick between the years 1833-1838
  • Catharine Drain arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834

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


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  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Drain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Drain 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 11 December 2015 at 09:52.

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