McGrain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the McGrain family

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.

"The Ranys or Rennys were extensive owners of land in the district of Craig in Angus from the middle of the fifteenth century, and the Rennies of Usan were recognised as an old family. Symon Renny was bailie of Inverkeithing in 1362. John Rayny, pelliparius, was burgess of Stirling in 1436." [1]

Important Dates for the McGrain family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGrain research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1526, 1572, 1592, 1798, 1402, 1409 and are included under the topic Early McGrain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the McGrain family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the McGrain family to Ireland

Some of the McGrain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGrain migration to the United States

The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. 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, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Thomas McGrain, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1813 [2]
  • Thomas Mc Grain, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Germanic" from Liverpool, England [3]
McGrain Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Bessie McGrain, aged 18, originally from Liverpool, who arrived in New York in 1900 aboard the ship "Oceanic" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • John McGrain, aged 26, originally from Donegal, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Furnessia" from Londonderry, Ireland [5]

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

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ "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.).
  4. ^ "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.).
  5. ^ "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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