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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 87 words (6 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 35 words (2 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 United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Pegram, who landed in America in 1699

Pegram Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Michael Pegram, who arrived in Mississippi in 1840

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  • William Howell Pegram (1846-1928), American chemist and educator
  • Billy Pegram, American author of books on photographic technique
  • George Herndon Pegram (1855-1937), American engineer who patented the Pegram truss
  • George Braxton Pegram (1876-1958), American physicist
  • John Pegram (1773-1831), U.S. Representative from Virginia and a major general during the War of 1812
  • Erric Demont Pegram (b. 1969), retired professional American football player
  • General John Pegram (1832-1865), American career soldier from Virginia
  • James W. Pegram, American politician, Delegate to Whig National Convention from Virginia, 1839 (member, Committee to Notify Nominees)
  • J. Ed Pegram, American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Durham County, 1915-16
  • George W. Pegram, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Cumberland County, 1846-51

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  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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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 4 November 2015 at 09:52.

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