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Where did the Irish Gaines family come from? What is the Irish Gaines family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gaines family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gaines family history?Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Gaines is "Mag Fhionnbhairr," which is derived from the word "fionnbharr," which means "fair head."
People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Gaines that are preserved in archival documents are Gaynor, Gainor, Gainer, Gaines, Gains, McGaynor and others.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaines research. Another 198 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Gaines History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Gaines Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Gaines to North America:
Gaines Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Gaines Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Gaines Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Gaines Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Gaines Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaines 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.
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