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Early Origins of the Petermann family

The surname Petermann was first found in the Palatinate, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Petermann family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petermann research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1614, 1615, 1624, 1652, 1667, 1676, 1677, 1727, 1747, 1779, 1784, 1790, 1819, 1827, 1856, 1864, 1895 and 1918 are included under the topic Early Petermann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Petermann Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Peter, Petter, Peeter, Peetter, Peater, Peatter, Peters, Petersen, Peer, Peers and many more.

Early Notables of the Petermann family

Notables with the name Petermann during this period were Catharina Peeters (1615-1676), Flemish Baroque painter noted for painting seascapes; Johannes (or Jan) Peeters (1624-1677), a Flemish Baroque painter who specialized in seascapes and shipwrecks; Bonaventura Peeters the Elder (1614-1652), a Flemish painter, draughtsman and etcher; John Peeters or Pieters (1667-1727), born in Antwerp, Belgium, a Belgium painter related to Bonaventura Peeters who emigrated to England, nicknamed "Doctor Peeters" for his restoration of damaged pictures and drawings.Carl Friedrich...
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United States Petermann migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Petermann Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Valentin Petermann, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 1
Petermann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Christoph Petermann, aged 44, who landed in America in 1839 1
  • Mr. Franz Petermann, German who arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1846 aboard the ship "Andacia"
  • Armand Petermann, aged 18, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1850 1

New Zealand Petermann migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Petermann Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Maria Petermann, (b. 1855), aged 17, Scandinavian Maid Servant travelling from Hamburg aboard the ship "Palmerston" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 12th December 1872 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Petermann (post 1700) +

  • Viktor Petermann, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 64 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

  • Horst Petermann (1917-1941), German Bootsmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking 3

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  3. Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook