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Drain Surname Meaning

Irish (Down): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Dreain ‘descendant of Drean’ a byname possibly from dreán ‘wren’. The name is also found in Scotland. Irish (Cork): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Druacháin (see Drohan ). English: topographic name from Middle English dreine drene ‘drainage channel’ for someone who lived ‘(by the) drain or ditch’. French: shortened form of Derain from Old French dererain ‘last’ hence a nickname for the youngest son of a family. French: habitational name from a place in Maine-et-Loire called Drain.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Train, Dain, Dean, Frain, Cain, Rain, Main, Hain, Brain, Grahn

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Where is the Drain family from?

You can see how Drain families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Drain family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Drain families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 42 Drain families living in Ontario. This was about 34% of all the recorded Drain's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Drain families in 1911.
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What did your Drain ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Drain. 67% of Drain men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Drain women worked as an Operator. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Cultivateur

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Operator
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Census Records

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Drain. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Drain census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Drain. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Drain. For the veterans among your Drain ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Drain lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Drain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Drain in 1948 was 47, and 71 in 2004.

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