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Where did the English Ingram family come from? What is the English Ingram family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ingram family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ingram family history?


Although the name, Ingram, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Ingram, Ingraham, Ingrome, Ingrum and others.

First found in Northumberland at Ingram, a small village in the Cheviots on the River Breamish. The first listing of the village was in 1242 when it was listed as Angerham and literally meant "homestead or enclosure with grassland," having derived from the Old English words anger + ham. [1] Alternatively, the name could have been a variant of the Latin name Ingelramus, an ancient personal name which was also listed as Ingelram and Ingerham. [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ingram research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1142, 1620, 1666, 1663, 1668, 1666, 1702, 1686, 1714, 1688, 1721, 1715, 1717, 1715, 1721, 1689, 1736, 1715, 1721, 1691, 1761, 1721, 1736, 1694, 1763 and are included under the topic Early Ingram History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 187 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ingram Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Ingram family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Ingram family name Ingram, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Ingram Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Ingram, who landed in New England in 1635
  • Rich Ingram, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • Joseph Ingram, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • John Ingram settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Richard Ingram settled in America in 1652, along with Toby

Ingram Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuell Ingram, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Jona Ingram, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Ruth Ingram, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Jonathan Ingram, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Jacob Ingram, who arrived in America in 1766

Ingram Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Andieu Ingram, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803
  • Farmer Ingram, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Florena Ingram, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Sally Ingram, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Mary Ingram, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816


  • Erskine Bronson Ingram (1931-1995), American businessman and billionaire, long time head of Ingram Industries
  • Rex Ingram (1895-1969), African-American film and stage actor best known for his role in "The Thief of Bagdad" (1940)
  • Jack Ingram (1902-1969), American film actor in over 300 films between 1935 and 1966
  • Gunners Mate 1st Class Osmond Kelly Ingram (1887-1917), American Navy sailor awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously
  • John Randolph Ingram (1929-2013), American Democratic politician, attorney, North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance (19731985)
  • Collingwood "Cherry" Ingram (1880-1981), English ornithologist and botanist
  • David John Edward Ingram (1927-2001), English physicist and university administrator
  • John Henry Ingram (1842-1916), English author, editor
  • Mr. George Ingram (d. 1912), aged 20, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic, died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Vernon M Ingram (1924-2006), German-born, American professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology



  • The Descendants of Jonas Ingram and Melinda Butler by James Barry Bingham.
  • Rhodes-Barnett and Mitchusson-Ingram by Norma Rhodes Ladd.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Magnanimus esto
Motto Translation: Be great of mind.


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  11. ...

The Ingram Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ingram Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 10 October 2014 at 01:42.

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