Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- adj. (adj) Foreign; not native.
- adj. (adj) Migratory, as a bird; coming from foreign parts; roving or wandering: specifically noting a kind of falcon, Falco peregrinus.
- n. (noun) The peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus.
'Peregrine' comes from the Latin 'pereger,' being abroad. 'Peregrine White' was the first English child born to the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
“The name 'peregrine' means wanderer, and the Peregrine Falcon has one of the longest migrations of any North American bird.”
“We have a doublet of Pilgrim in Pegram, though this may come from the name Peregrine, the etymology being the same, viz. Lat. peregrines, a foreigner.”
“Among skyscrapers and tall smokestacks, peregrine falcons seem to feel even more at home than in the mountains whence they came.”