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

St. Peregrine the martyr, was an early Christian martyr who died because he and others refused to worship the Roman Emperor Commodus on his birthday. Saint Peregrine (Peregrinus) of Auxerre (d. ca. 261 AD or ca. 304 AD) is venerated as the first bishop of Auxerre and the builder of its first cathedral. The name Peregrine is derived from the Latin Peregrinus, which originally meant "one from abroad", in other words, a foreigner, traveler, or pilgrim. The Peregrine Falcon (falco peregrinus) was first described under its current name by English ornithologist Marmaduke Tunstall in his 1771 work Ornithologia Britannica.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Perigrine, Perrigrin, Pellegrin, Perigrin, Pelegrin, Perrigrine and many more.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history dominated after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. The family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county. The family name was from Haute Marne in Normandy and probably originated from the King who was a falconer, a peregrine being a hunting type of falcon.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Perrigan research. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1250, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Perrigan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Wm. Peregrine, who arrived in Virginia sometime between 1671 and 1672; Jane Pelligan, who settled in Maryland in 1671; James Peregrine, who settled in Ohio sometime between 1831 and 1836.

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The Perrigan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Perrigan 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.

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