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

Gainor Early Origins



The surname Gainor 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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Gainor Spelling Variations


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Gainor Spelling Variations



Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Gainor are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Gaynor, Gainor, Gainer, Gaines, Gains, McGaynor and others.

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Gainor Early History


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Gainor Early History



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

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Gainor Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gainor Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gainor 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



During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Gainor family in North America:

Gainor Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Gainor, aged 25, arrived in New Jersey in 1777

Gainor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Barnard Gainor, aged 48, landed in New York in 1812

Gainor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Gainor, aged 32, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Rebecca Gainor, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Martha Gainor, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gainor (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gainor (post 1700)



  • T. Gainor, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1920
  • Charles R. Gainor, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Oakland, California, 1953-54 (acting, 1953-54)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    6. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    7. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
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    The Gainor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gainor 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 13 November 2015 at 09:15.

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