Drain Family History

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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

What did your Drain ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Drain family was Coal Miner. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Iron Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Drain. The most common Drain occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 10% of Drain's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Iron Miner

  • Coal Miner


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Drain ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Drain Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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

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Draft Card

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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Drain Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Drain

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Drain ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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