Peregrine White, born 1620, was the first child of Pilgrims born in the New World. His parents, William and Susanna, chose the name peregrine because it means “traveler” or “pilgrim.” This meaning of peregrine is very different than the meaning most Americans would have today; a peregrine is a bird of prey. Born on the Mayflower anchored off Plymouth Colony, Peregrine had one sibling. His father died in 1621, and his mother married Edward Winslow a short time later. Both his father and stepfather were signers of the Mayflower Compact. Peregrine served in the military, and he was a well respected member of the community. He died on July 20, 1704.