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Gender: M Meaning of Peregrine: "traveler, pilgrim" Origin of Peregrine: Latin

Peregrine is considered to be an elegantly aristocratic name in England, but has never made it to the U.S., where it has been seen as extravagantly eccentric. In the new naming climate, though, it's not beyond consideration — in fact it's already been chosen by at least one Berry.

The meaning of Peregrine, which was borne by several early saints, relates to the transitory nature of life on earth, having nothing to do with the peregrine falcon. In literature, it is best known from the central character of Tobias Smollett's novel Peregrine Pickle.

Historically, Peregrine was the name chosen for the first English child born in the New World — actually on the Mayflower when it was docked in Provincetown.

And there's always the Mad Men-era nickname Perry to make Peregrine more user-friendly.

Famous People Named Peregrine

St. Peregrine, patron Saint of Cancer patients
Peregrine Honig (female), runner-up artist from Bravo's reality TV show "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist"
The Honourable Peregrine Charles Morant Kitchener-Fellowes, son of "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes

Pop Culture References for the name Peregrine

Peregrine "Perry," one of the main characters in Veronica Rossi's "Under The Never Sky" trilogy
Miss Peregrine, shape-shifting titular character of Ransom Riggs' "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"
Peregrin "Pippin" Took, friend of Frodo Baggins and Hobbit adventurer in "Lord of the Rings" series by J.R.R. Tolkien

Peregrin, Peregrino, Perry, Peregryn, Peregryne

Peregrine's International Variations

Pellegrino (Italian) Perine (Latin)