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