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Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Trainor 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.

Trainor Early Origins



The surname Trainor 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.

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Trainor Spelling Variations


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Trainor Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of the surname Trainor 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 Traynor, Trainor, Trayner and others.

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Trainor Early History


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Trainor Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trainor research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Trainor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Trainor Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Trainor Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Trainor 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



A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North Ameri ca. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Trainor name:

Trainor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Pat Trainor, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Peter Trainor, aged 48, landed in New York in 1812
  • Bernard, Francis, Henry, Hugh, James, John, and Michael Trainor, all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1838 and 1878
  • Phillip Trainor, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844

Trainor Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • William Trainor who settled in Admiral's Cove, Newfoundland, from Portsmouth, Hampshire in the 17th century

Trainor Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Sally Trainor, aged 34, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Benny Trainor, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • John Trainor, aged 12, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Kitty Trainor, aged 9, a chld, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • James Trainor, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Trainor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Trainor, aged 33, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • Thomas Trainor, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Trainor (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Trainor (post 1700)



  • Gerald William "Jerry" Trainor (b. 1977), American actor, comedian and voice actor
  • Mary Ellen Trainor (b. 1950), American film and television actress
  • Dr. James H Trainor (1935-2003), American associate director and chief scientist of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Sir Richard Hughes "Rick" Trainor KBE, FRHS, FKC (b. 1948), Principal of King's College London
  • Frank Trainor (b. 1954), Canadian singer and songwriter
  • Bernard E Trainor (b. 1928), retired Marine Corps lieutenant general and military analyst for NBC

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Trainor Historic Events


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Trainor Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Nicholas Trainor, British Boots from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. A. Trainor, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Trainor Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    10. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
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    The Trainor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Trainor 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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