Gain Family History
Gain Name Meaning
English and Scottish (of Norman origin): nickname for a cunning person from Engaine which is based on Old French engaigne ‘ingenuity cunning trickery’. English: habitiational name from any of various places called after the Engain family including Colne Engaine and Gaynes Park (Essex) d'Engaine's Farm (Cambridgeshire) and Aston Ingham (Hereford). Engaine (see 1 above) was the name of a powerful Norman family with lands in several counties. The original form of the surname has since died out surviving as Gain and its variants. There has also been considerable confusion with Ingham . French: nickname from a noun derivative of Old French gaainier ‘to obtain gain win’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022