Trainer 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 Trainer is Mac Threinfir, from the words trean, meaning strong, and fear meaning man. This name is often rendered MacTraynor or MacTreanor in English, but the Anglicizations Mac Crainor and MacCreanor are actually more phonetically accurate.

Early Origins of the Trainer family

The surname Trainer was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat and were associated with the family of Armstrong which settled in that county from the English/Scottish border.

Early History of the Trainer family

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Trainer Spelling Variations

Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Trainer family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Traynor, Trainor, Trayner and others.

Early Notables of the Trainer family (pre 1700)

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Trainer Ranking

In the United States, the name Trainer is the 10,967th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Trainer migration to the United States +

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Trainer family in North America:

Trainer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Trainer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [2]
  • John Trainer, who arrived in Mississippi in 1856 [2]
  • Thomas Trainer, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860 [2]
  • Mary Ann Trainer, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864 [2]
Trainer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna Trainer, aged 27, who landed in America from Ballymalallet, Ireland, in 1907
  • Ann Trainer, aged 79, who immigrated to America from Waltham Cross, England, in 1909
  • Arthur Trainer, aged 29, who settled in America from Gourock, Scotland, in 1909
  • Clara Trainer, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1910
  • Charlotte Trainer, aged 60, who settled in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1911
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Canada Trainer migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Trainer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Trainer U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
Trainer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Trainer, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Bernard Trainer, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Hannah Trainer, aged 22, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast, Ireland

Australia Trainer migration to Australia +

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

Trainer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Bartholomew Trainer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [4]
  • Mr. John Trainer, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Merseyside, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Duncan" on 10th December 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Ann Trainer, aged 19, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851 [6]
  • Ann Trainer, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Ascendant" [6]
  • Owen Trainer, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nabob"

Contemporary Notables of the name Trainer (post 1700) +

  • Melissa G. Trainer (b. 1978), American astrobiologist
  • Russell Raymond Trainer (1921-1992), American author and novelist, best known for his The Lolita Complex
  • David Trainer, American three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated television director
  • Joe Trainer (b. 1968), American head coach of the Rhode Island Rams football
  • Todd Stanford Trainer, American drummer
  • Douglas Trainer, President of the National Union of Students of the United Kingdom (1996 to 1998)
  • John Patrick Trainer (b. 1943), former Australian politician, Speaker of the South Australian House of Assembly (1986 to 1990)
  • James Trainer (1863-1915), Welsh association footballer
  • Marie Trainer (b. 1946), Canadian politician, former mayor of Haldimand County, Ontario
  • Phil Trainer (b. 1981), English footballer

Ibrox disaster
  • James Trainer (1951-1971), Scottish football supporter, from Glasgow who was at the Ibrox disaster on 2nd January 1971 when a human crush among the crowd killed 66 and injured 200 people he died of his injuries [7]

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  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. ^ 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
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th August 2021). Retrieved from
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1851. Retrieved
  7. ^ Bradford City Football Club In memory (retrieved 22nd March 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook
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