Gainer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Gainer family

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.

Early History of the Gainer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gainer research. Another 64 words (5 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Gainer family (pre 1700)

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United States Gainer migration to the United States +

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 [1]
Gainer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Francis Gainer, who landed in New York in 1715 [1]
  • Magdalene Gainer, who settled in Maryland in 1725
  • John, Gainer Sr., who landed in Virginia in 1730 [1]
  • Catherine Gainer, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1747 [1]
  • Sarah Gainer, who 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, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1819
  • Redding Gainer, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • Reding Gainer, who landed in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • R. G. Gainer settled in San Francisco, California in 1852
Gainer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elisabeth Gainer, aged 9, who arrived in New York, NY in 1901 [1]
  • Franz Gainer, aged 76, who arrived in New York, NY in 1901 [1]
  • Katherina Gainer, aged 5, who landed in New York, NY in 1901 [1]
  • Lydia Gainer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1901 [1]
  • Margretha Gainer, aged 32, who arrived in New York, NY in 1901 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Gainer migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gainer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Gainer, aged 25 who immigrated 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 [2]

New Zealand Gainer 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:

Gainer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. A. Gainer, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th April 1863 [3]
  • Mr. G. Gainer, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th April 1863 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gainer (post 1700) +

  • Terrance William Gainer (b. 1947), the 38th and current Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate
  • Derrick Luther Gainer (b. 1966), former American NFL running back
  • Derrick "Smoke" Gainer (b. 1972), American boxer
  • Dellos "Sheriff" Clinton Gainer (1886-1947), Major League Baseball first baseman
  • Glenn Walter Gainer (1896-1981), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1948 [4]
  • 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- [4]
  • Glen B. Gainer Jr. (1927-2009), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Parkersburg, West Virginia, 1968-70; West Virginia State Auditor, 1977-93 [4]
  • Glen Gainer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 2004 [4]
  • Fred Gainer, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Parkersburg, West Virginia, 1940-56 [4]
  • Denzil Lee Gainer (1913-1972), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1972 [4]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. 29)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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