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The history of the name Pilgrim goes back 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been 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.
The surname Pilgrim 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.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Pilgrim has been recorded under many different variations, including Pilgrim, Pilgrime, Pilgram, Pegram, Pegrem, Pelerin, Peregrine and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pilgrim research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1200 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Pilgrim History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Pilgrim Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Pilgrim 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.
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Pilgrims were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Pilgrim Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Pilgrim Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Pilgrim Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Pilgrim Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Pilgrim Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Pilgrim Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Pilgrim Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Pilgrim Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pilgrim 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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