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In ancient Scotland, the first people to use McGrain as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name someone who lived in county of Angus.

McGrain Early Origins



The surname McGrain was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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McGrain Spelling Variations


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McGrain Spelling Variations



The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations in a single document. McGrain has been spelled Rayney, Rainy, Rainey, Rainnie, Rennie, Renny and many more.

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McGrain Early History


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McGrain Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGrain research. Another 174 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGrain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGrain Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGrain Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McGrain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGrain In Ireland


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McGrain In Ireland



Some of the McGrain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North Ameri ca. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. Among them:

McGrain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas McGrain, aged 34, landed in New York in 1812
  • Thomas McGrain, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1813
  • Thomas Mc Grain, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Germanic" from Liverpool, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J613-8JC : 6 December 2014), Thos. Mc Grain, 30 Jun 1893; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Germanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

McGrain Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bessie McGrain, aged 18, originally from Liverpool, arrived in New York in 1900 aboard the ship "Oceanic" from Liverpool, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXDB-4Z8 : 6 December 2014), Bessie McGrain, 01 Aug 1900; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Oceanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • John McGrain, aged 26, originally from Donegal, Ireland, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Furnessia" from Londonderry, Ireland [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXLM-N65 : 6 December 2014), John McGrain, 06 Nov 1907; citing departure port Londonderry, arrival port New York, ship name Furnessia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGrain (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGrain (post 1700)



  • Tommy McGrain (b. 1959), Scottish former footballer, younger brother of Danny McGrain
  • Daniel "Danny" McGrain (1953-2004), Scottish footballer who played for Clyde (1971-1974)
  • Daniel Fergus "Danny" McGrain (b. 1950), Scottish former professional footballer who won 62 caps for Scotland

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J613-8JC : 6 December 2014), Thos. Mc Grain, 30 Jun 1893; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Germanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXDB-4Z8 : 6 December 2014), Bessie McGrain, 01 Aug 1900; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Oceanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXLM-N65 : 6 December 2014), John McGrain, 06 Nov 1907; citing departure port Londonderry, arrival port New York, ship name Furnessia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  4. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  5. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  6. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The McGrain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGrain 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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