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Where did the German Ingram family come from? What is the German 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?

The distinguished Austrian surname Ingram is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 BC. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.

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Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Ingram include Ingram, Inngram, Inggram, Ingramm, Ingramme, Inngramme, Inggramme and many more.

First found in Austria, where the name was an integral part of the feudal society which would shape modern European history. Many prominent branches of the family would strive to make this name renowned as they contributed to the social, economic and political affairs of the region. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Hainrich Ingram, who was born in Stockach in 1240, and Niclas Ingram, who was born in the Bohemian town of Eger in 1399.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ingram research. Another 324 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1672, 1777, and 1806 are included under the topic Early Ingram History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 26 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ingram Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ingram or a variant listed above:

Ingram Settlers in 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 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 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


Ingram Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Thos Ingram, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Ingram Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • James Ingram, aged 25, a merchant, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Sir Robert H. Dick" from Liverpool
  • Margaret Ingram, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834

Ingram Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Robert Ingram, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Mary Ann Ingram arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848
  • Amelia Ingram arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849
  • Eliza Ingram arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849
  • Edward Ingram, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington"


Ingram Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Ingram, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Amelia Ingram, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Thomas Ingram, aged 40, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • Benjamin Ingram, aged 40, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • Margaret Ingram, aged 13, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856


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  • Riccardo Benay Ingram (1966-2015), American former Major League Baseball player who played from 1994 to 1995
  • John Randolph Ingram (1929-2013), American Democratic politician, attorney, North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance (1973–1985)
  • Gunners Mate 1st Class Osmond Kelly Ingram (1887-1917), American Navy sailor awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously
  • Jack Ingram (1902-1969), American film actor in over 300 films between 1935 and 1966
  • Rex Ingram (1895-1969), African-American film and stage actor best known for his role in "The Thief of Bagdad" (1940)
  • Erskine Bronson Ingram (1931-1995), American businessman and billionaire, long time head of Ingram Industries
  • Vernon M Ingram (1924-2006), German-born, American professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mr. Jack Ingram, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • 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
  • Robert Roland Ingram (b. 1945), retired United States Navy sailor, recipient of the Medal of Honor

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  • The Descendants of Jonas Ingram and Melinda Butler by James Barry Bingham.
  • Rhodes-Barnett and Mitchusson-Ingram by Norma Rhodes Ladd.
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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 27 November 2014 at 09:43.

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