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 Family Origin

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Pilgrim Family Occupations

What did your Pilgrim ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Pilgrim. 3% of Pilgrim men worked as a General Labourer and 51% of Pilgrim women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pilgrim were Carpenter and Domestic Servant

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Servant

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Pilgrim Historical Records

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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 UK, 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

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