Peterssen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Peterssen is patronymic, meaning "son of Peter." Peter is a name which comes from the Greek word petros, meaning "rock" or "stone." Jesus Christ bestowed the name on his apostle Simon, saying "Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church" and like all Biblical names, Peter became one of the most popular personal names in Christian Europe.

Peterssen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pedersen, Peterssen, Pederssen and others.


United States Peterssen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Peterssen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Adriaen Peterssen, who landed in America in 1643 [1]
Peterssen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Chris Peterssen, aged 24, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1787 [1]
  • Martn Ph Peterssen, aged 19, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1787 [1]
Peterssen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carl Peterssen, aged 28, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845 [1]
  • Christine Peterssen, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1864 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Peterssen (post 1700) +

  • Hjalmar Eilif Emanuel Peterssen (1852-1928), Norwegian painter from Christiania, now Oslo, Norway


  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)


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