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Crain Family History

This famous Manx (Isle of Man) surname has no connection with the more usual spelling of "Crane", which is of Anglo-Saxon origins, other than that they are both in a sense nicknames. The Manx "Crain" derives from the Old Gaelic 'Mac Ciarain', which translates as 'the son of Little Kieran', with Kieran itself meaning 'the dark coloured one. Probably half of all Isle of Man surnames are of Gaelic, and mainly Scottish origins, although in this case it would seem that there is a rare Irish association, the Mac Kierans being a small clan in County Donegal.

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