The Ancestry of the Pigrim name lies with the Norman Conquest
. This Norman name was used for 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.
Early Origins of the Pigrim family
The surname Pigrim was 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.
Early History of the Pigrim family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pigrim research.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1200 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Pigrim History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pigrim Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Pigrim family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pigrim family to Ireland
Some of the Pigrim 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pigrim family to the New World and Oceana
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 Pigrim or a variant listed above: William Pilgrim, who sailed to Virginia in 1665; Walter Pilgram sailed to Maryland in 1677; Thomas Pilgrim sailed to Barbados in 1680; Richard Pilgrim sailed to Maryland in 1742..