Pilgrim Family History

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Pilgrim Name Meaning

English (East Anglia) and German: from Middle English pilegrim, pelgrim, Middle High German bilgerin, pilgerin ‘pilgrim’ (Latin peregrinus, pelegrinus ‘traveler’), a nickname for a person who had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land or to some seat of devotion nearer home, such as Santiago de Compostella, Rome, or Canterbury. Such pilgrimages were often imposed as penances, graver sins requiring more arduous journeys. In both England and Germany Pilgrim was occasionally used as a personal name, from which the surname could also have arisen.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Pilgram, Prim, Grim, Ahlgrim, Pilger, Milgram, Pilat, Millis, Ingram

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Pilgrim Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pilgrim name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Pilgrim. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Pilgrim Family Origin

Where is the Pilgrim family from?

Pilgrim Family Occupations

What did your Pilgrim ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Farming and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pilgrim. The most common Pilgrim occupation in the USA was Farmer. 46% of Pilgrim's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Pilgrim family was Keeping House.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Pilgrim ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Pilgrim Historical Records

What Pilgrim family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 61,000 census records available for the last name Pilgrim. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pilgrim census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Pilgrim. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Pilgrim. For the veterans among your Pilgrim ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pilgrim Life Expectancy

What is the average Pilgrim lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Pilgrim life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Pilgrim in 1949 was 37, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Pilgrim

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pilgrim ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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