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Where did the English Pegram family come from? When did the Pegram family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pegram family history?

The ancient name Pegram is a Norman name that would have been developed in England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This name was a name given to a person who had made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land or some devotional area in Europe such as the tomb of St. Thomas a Beckett at Canterbury.

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Pegram were recorded, including Pilgrim, Pilgrime, Pilgram, Pegram, Pegrem, Pelerin, Peregrine and many more.

First found in Norfolk, where the family held lands after the Norman Conquest. Robert, John, and Thomas Pelerin were all registered in Normandy between 1180 and 1195.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pegram research. Another 174 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1200, and 1273 are included under the topic Early Pegram History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Pegram Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Pegram family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Pegram arrived in North America very early:

Pegram Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Pegram, who landed in America in 1699

Pegram Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Michael Pegram, who arrived in Mississippi in 1840

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  • General John Pegram (1832-1865), American career soldier from Virginia
  • Erric Demont Pegram (b. 1969), retired professional American football player
  • John Pegram (1773-1831), U.S. Representative from Virginia and a major general during the War of 1812
  • George Braxton Pegram (1876-1958), American physicist
  • George Herndon Pegram (1855-1937), American engineer who patented the Pegram truss
  • Billy Pegram, American author of books on photographic technique
  • William Howell Pegram (1846-1928), American chemist and educator
  • Vice Admiral Frank Henderson 'Rammer' Pegram (1890-1944), British Royal Navy officer
  • Henry Alfred Pegram (1862-1937), British sculptor


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