The ancestors of the first family to use the name Petersombe lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. The name Petersombe is derived from the personal name
Peter. Petersombe is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. This particular surname was taken from the popular religious given name, Peter a shortened form of St. Peter. Other patronymic names were derived from the given name of an ancestor of the bearer, while still others came from the names of secular heroes.
Early Origins of the Petersombe family
The surname Petersombe was first found in Aberdeenshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Petersombe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petersombe research.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1317, 1377, 1378, 1411, 1327 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Petersombe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Petersombe Spelling Variations
The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations
of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Petersombe has been spelled Peterson, Petersone, Petterson, Piterson and others.
Early Notables of the Petersombe family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Gerlac Peterssen (Petersen, Peterson, Gerlacus Petri) (1377 or 1378-1411), a Dutch mystic, entered the Institution of the Brethren of Common Life, and devoted his time... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Petersombe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Petersombe family to Ireland
Some of the Petersombe family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Petersombe family to the New World and Oceana
This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Petersombe: Cornelius Peterson who settled in Maryland in 1674; Evor Peterson settled in Virginia in 1653; Henry Peterson settled in Virginia in 1622; Neale Peterson settled in Virginia in 1653.
The Petersombe Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nihil sine Deo
Motto Translation: Nothing without God.