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Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Gainer is "Mag Fhionnbhairr," which is derived from the word "fionnbharr," which means "fair head."

Gainer Early Origins



The surname Gainer was first found in county Longford (Irish: An Longfort) traditionally known as Annaly or Teffia, and situated in the Irish Midlands, in Northwest Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Gainer Spelling Variations


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Gainer Spelling Variations



Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Gainer family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Gaynor, Gainor, Gainer, Gaines, Gains, McGaynor and others.

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Gainer Early History


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Gainer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gainer research. Another 198 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Gainer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gainer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gainer Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gainer Notables 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



Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Gainer:

Gainer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Gainer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1684

Gainer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francis Gainer, who landed in New York in 1715
  • Magdalene Gainer settled in Maryland in 1725
  • John, Gainer Sr., who landed in Virginia in 1730
  • Catherine Gainer, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1747
  • Sarah Gainer landed in America in 1753
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gainer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Philip Gainer settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1819
  • Redding Gainer, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Reding Gainer, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • R. G. Gainer settled in San Francisco, California in 1852

Gainer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Elisabeth Gainer, aged 9, arrived in New York, NY in 1901
  • Franz Gainer, aged 76, arrived in New York, NY in 1901
  • Katherina Gainer, aged 5, landed in New York, NY in 1901
  • Lydia Gainer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1901
  • Margretha Gainer, aged 32, arrived in New York, NY in 1901
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gainer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. John Gainer, aged 25 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Industry" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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. 29)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gainer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gainer (post 1700)



  • Glenn Walter Gainer (1896-1981), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1948
  • Glen B. III Gainer (b. 1960), American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 8th District, 1982; West Virginia State Auditor, 1993-
  • Glen B. Gainer Jr. (1927-2009), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Parkersburg, West Virginia, 1968-70; West Virginia State Auditor, 1977-93
  • Glen Gainer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 2004
  • Fred Gainer, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Parkersburg, West Virginia, 1940-56
  • Denzil Lee Gainer (1913-1972), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1972
  • Carl Edwin Gainer Sr. (1915-2006), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 12th District, 1959-82; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1964, 1968
  • Joseph H. Gainer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1916, 1928
  • Melvin Gainer, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Dexter, Missouri, 1965
  • Terrance William Gainer (b. 1947), the 38th and current Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ 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. 29)

Other References

  1. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  5. 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.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
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The Gainer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gainer 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 7 November 2016 at 08:47.

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