Gains 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 Gains is "Mag Fhionnbhairr," which is derived from the word "fionnbharr," which means "fair head."

Early Origins of the Gains family

The surname Gains 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.

Important Dates for the Gains family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gains research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Gains History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gains Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Gains can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Gaynor, Gainor, Gainer, Gaines, Gains, McGaynor and others.

Early Notables of the Gains family (pre 1700)

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Gains migration to the United States

Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Gains name:

Gains Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Gains, who settled in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Henry Gains, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1638 [1]
  • Thomas Gains, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1640 [1]
  • Daniel Gains, who landed in Lancaster, Maas in 1660 [1]
Gains Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ann Gains, who settled in Pensacola, FL in 1769
Gains Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Gains, aged 30, who landed in Massachusetts in 1812 [1]
  • Alexander Gains, who arrived in Virginia in 1852

Gains migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gains Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Alice Gains, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Samuel Gains, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Josiah Gains U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]

Gains migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gains Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Gains, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"

Contemporary Notables of the name Gains (post 1700)

  • Courtney Gains (b. 1965), American actor, best known for his role as Malachai in the 1984 horror movie Children of the Corn
  • Lawrence Samuel "Larry" Gains (1900-1983), Canadian black heavyweight boxer, Champion of the Dominion of Canada and the British Empire; he never had a chance to be World Champion due to his skin colour

Historic Events for the Gains family

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. William S Gains, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [3]

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Citations

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
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