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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."

Gains Early Origins



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.

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Gains Spelling Variations


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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.

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Gains Early History


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Gains Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gains research. Another 198 words (14 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.

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Gains Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gains Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gains 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



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 came to Lynn, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Henry Gains, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Thomas Gains, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Daniel Gains, who landed in Lancaster, Maas in 1660

Gains Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ann Gains, who came to Pensacola, FL in 1769

Gains Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Gains, aged 30, landed in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Alexander Gains, who arrived in Virginia in 1852

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Gains Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Gains, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"

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Gains Historic Events


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Gains Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William S Gains, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Gains Family Crest Products


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Gains Family Crest Products




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Citations


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  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  2. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  4. 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).
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  7. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  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 Gains Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gains 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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