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Meaning & History
From Middle English pilegrim
or Middle High German bilgerin
(from Latin pelegrinus
"traveler"; see Pellegrino
). This originated as 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 given name, from which the surname could also have arisen.