Drain Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Dreain ‘descendant of Drean’, a byname possibly from dreán ‘wren’. The name is also found in Scotland. Irish (Cork): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Druacháin (see Drohan). English: from Middle English dreine ‘drain’, ‘ditch’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a ditch digger or a topographic name. English: variant spelling of Drane. French: reduced 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 ©2013, Oxford University Press


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

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Drain Family Origin

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Drain Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    57%
  • Labourer

    9%
  • School

    9%
  • Farmer Son

    4%

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Drain. A less common occupation for the Drain family was Farmer Son. The most common Drain occupation in Canada was Farmer. 57% of Drain's were Farmers.

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United States

Between 1948 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Drain

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