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Multiple Origins for the Surname Peterson


Swedish


The surname Peterson is a patronymic name created originally from the personal name of a male relative. Peterson is derived from the Greek word "petros," which means 'rock.' Forms of this name gained much popularity in the Middle Ages, as it appears in the Bible, bestowed by Christ on an apostle. St. Peter is often regarded as being the founder of the Christian church. The suffix "sson" and its variants are translatable as "son of."

Peterson Early Origins




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Peterson Spelling Variations


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Peterson Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: pettersen and others.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Peterson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Peterson settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Henricke Peterson, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • William Peterson settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Ann Peterson, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Barnett Peterson, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Peterson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Peterson, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Cerveses Peterson, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Bernard Peterson, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Cornelius Peterson, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Kirstin Peterson, who arrived in New York in 1738
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Peterson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hans C Peterson, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1828
  • Gumull Peterson, aged 40, landed in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1831
  • Gustavus H Peterson, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1837
  • Gustoff Peterson, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1837
  • Jacob Peterson, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1837
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Peterson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Axel Peterson, who landed in Arkansas in 1905
  • Antion Peterson, who landed in Mississippi in 1905
  • Gustave Peterson, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906
  • Fred Emil Peterson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1908
  • Louis Peterson, who landed in Wisconsin in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Peterson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. C. John Peterson U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Peterson U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Nicholas Peterson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Nicholas Peterson U.E., (Claas) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Nicholas Peterson U.E. who settled in Adolphus Town [Adolphustown], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Peterson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Julius S Peterson, who arrived in Quebec in 1867

Peterson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charlotte Peterson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ganges" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GANGES 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Ganges.gif
  • Peter Wilhelm Peterson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  • Margaret Peterson, aged 25, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"

Peterson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Peterson, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Elizabeth Peterson, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Sophia Peterson, aged 44, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873
  • Maria Peterson, aged 16, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873
  • Hans J. Peterson, aged 40, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Peterson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Peterson (post 1700)



  • Tom Peterson (1930-2016), American retailer, pitchman, and television personality from Portland, Oregon
  • Phyllis Amanda Peterson (1971-2015), American actress, best known for her role as Cindy Mancini in the 1987 comedy film Can't Buy Me Love
  • Major-General Virgil Lee Peterson (1882-1956), American Director of Personnel, Army Service Forces (1945)
  • Michael J. Peterson (1941-2014), American Democratic politician, Member of the Kansas House of Representatives (1979-1990)
  • Robert W. Peterson (1929-2013), American politician, North Dakota State Auditor (1973–1996)
  • Roger Tory Peterson (1908-1996), American naturalist, ornithologist, artist, educator and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Esther Eggertsen Peterson (1906-1997), American recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Ole Peterson, American politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate 39th District, 1872
  • Opal Peterson, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Minnesota, 1996
  • Oscar Peterson Jr., American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Stratford; Elected 1946
  • ... (Another 282 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Peterson Historic Events


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Peterson Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. William Victor Peterson, British Carpenter from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. G. Peterson, Swedish Third Class Passenger from Gothenburg, Sweden who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Andrew  Peterson (1894-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Gustav  Peterson (1894-1917), Norwegian Boatswain aboard the SS Imo from Throndheim, Norway who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. James Edward Peterson (1907-1941), Australian Gunner (T) from Thornbury, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Peter William Peterson (1917-1941), Australian Stoker from Ellenbank, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Peterson, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Peterson


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Suggested Readings for the name Peterson



  • From Norway to North America: the Descendants in Canada and the United Stated of Olaf and Caroline Pederson who came from Norway about 1867 to Manitoba and North Dakota by Jean E. Peterson.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GANGES 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Ganges.gif
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Peterson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Peterson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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