Blain Family History
Blain Name Meaning
Scottish: shortened form of MacBlain a shortened form of Mac Gille Blathain ‘son of Gille Blááin’ a personal name meaning ‘servant of Saint Bláán’. Bláán after whom Dunblane in Perthshire was named appears in placenames in both Ireland and Scotland. English: from Middle English bleyne ‘inflamed swelling on the surface of the body’ possibly a nickname for a person suffering from boils or some form of inflamation of the skin. English: habitational name from Blean in Kent named with Old English blēa (blēan oblique case) ‘course rough ground’. Altered form of French Abelin: from the personal name Abelin a pet form of Abel . The surname Abelin is rare in France found mainly in Charente-Maritime. French: altered form of Blin a shortened form of Belin and hence in part a cognate of 4 above. French: habitational name from Blain a place in Loire-Atlantique of Gaulish origin derived from the personal name Belenius or Blannius. This surname (in any of the three possible French senses; see also above) is also found in Haiti where it is however at least in part of English origin (see 2 and 3 above).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022