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The surname Train was first found in Northumberland and Durham where they held a family seat from very ancient times, Lords of the manor of Streatlam, Stewards of Richmondshire (now Yorkshire and Durham,) and were closely associated with the ancient Percies, Earls of Northumberland, and the Royal Balliol family. Stainton with Streatlam in Durham was an ancient family seat. "This hamlet at an early period belonged to the Traynes, lords of Streatlam; and was acquired, by marriage with the heiress of Trayne, by Sir Adam Bowes. The estate afterwards became separated from the Streatlam property, but was re-united to it in 1526." [1]

Spelling variations of this family name include: Train, Trayne, Trane and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Train research. Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1346, 1460, 1460, 1499, 1590, 1563 and 1693 are included under the topic Early Train History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Train Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Train, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1640

Train Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Margeret Train who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1849
  • J. Train who arrived in San Francisco in 1851

Train Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Train, aged 33, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"


  • Kenneth E. Train (b. 1951), American Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Kristina Train (b. 1982), American pop/soul singer and songwriter
  • Big Train (1887-1946), American baseball player
  • Russell Errol Train (b. 1920), American Lawyer, environmentalist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Jack Train (1902-1966), English actor and entertainer popular during the Second World War


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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. 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. 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).
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Train Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Train 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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