Peregrine

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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

Saint Peregrine of Auxerre, Italian bishop
Saint Peregrine Laziosi, Italian patron saint of cancer patients
Peregrine Andrew Morny Cavendish, 12th Duke of Devonshire
Peregrine Gerard Worsthorne, British journalist and broadcaster
Peregrine White, first English baby born to the Pilgrims in America
Peregrine Maitland, British soldier, colonial administrator, and cricketer
Peregrine Charles Morant Kitchener-Fellowes (b. 1991), son of filmmaker and screenwriter Julian Fellowes
Peregrine Honig, American female artist on TV's "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist"

Pop Culture References for the name Peregrine

Peregrine "Perry," a main character in Veronica Rossi's "Under The Never Sky" trilogy
Miss Peregrine, shape-shifting character of Ransom Riggs' "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"

Peregrin, Peregrino, Perry, Peregryn, Peregryne

Peregrine's International Variations

Pellegrino (Italian) Perine (Latin)