Last name: PILGRIM

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PILGRIM : This last name is indexed 34,289 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

PILGRIM : English (southeastern) and German: from Middle English pil(e)grim Middle High German bilgerīn pilgerīm ‘pilgrim’ (from 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.

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