From a common
Norman personal name, Ingram,
of Germanic origin, composed of the elements Ing
(the name of a Germanic god) + hraban
Other versions of the name includeIngelram,
Ingraham, Ingrome, Ingrum.
d) Ingram: In
Scotland, Ingram is a sept of the Clan Colquhoun:-
In the 13th
lands of Colquhoun
in Dunbartonshire were granted to Humphry de Kilpatrick. His son,
Ingelram de Colquhoun, was the first person recorded as taking
Colquhoun as a surname.
surname INGRAM derives from the old personal name
Ingelram. Early records mention Hyngelrom ( without surname ) who
witnessed a charter by King David I to the Abbey of Neubottle in 1142.
John Ingeram held lands of
the Abbott of Arbroath in 1330.
Sir William Ingelram was the
chaplain of Stirling, Scotland in 1476.
Herbert Ingram ( 1811-60 )
the English journalist was born in Boston, Lincolnshire. In 1842 he
founded the '' Illustrated London News ''. He was
MP for Boston from 1856.
Collingwood Ingram, known as
Cherry Ingram ( 1880-1981 ) the English ornithologist, botanist,
gardener and traveller was the grandson of the newspaper
proprietor, Herbert Ingram. He had a garden at Bettenden, Kent that was
celebrated for his collection of Japanese ornamental cherries. His
books include '' The Birds of the Riviera '' (
1926 ) and '' A Garden of Memories ' ( 1970 ).
Introduction of Surnames:
Following the crusades in
the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, a need was felt for a family name to
replace the name given at birth or as an addition to it. This
was recognized by those of noble
birth, particularly those who went on the Crusades,
as it added prestige and practical advantage to their status.
The rise of surnames,
according to accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest
of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superceded by the
new christian names introduced by the Normans. A few of these
were popular and in the 12th century the shortage of different
christian names led to an increasing use of surnames to
distinguish individuals with the same name. Some Normans had
hereditary surnames before coming to England however surnames
would probably have developed in England without the Norman
Conquest as the development of the feudal system made it
essential for the king to know exactly what service
each person owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that
debtors and creditors should be distinguishable and it
requirement that individuals had
an exact identification.
The associated arms for
family names are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster
King of Arms in 1884.
of Ingram surname per Million of Population: