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Where did the English Pegram family come from? What is the English Pegram family crest and coat of arms? 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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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled 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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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Pegram or a variant listed above:

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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  2. 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.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Pegram Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pegram 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 27 October 2010 at 13:54.

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