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The age-old Pictish-Scottish family name Petterson is derived from the personal name Peter. Petterson 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.

Petterson Early Origins



The surname Petterson 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.

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Petterson Spelling Variations


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Petterson Spelling Variations



In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Petterson has been spelled Peterson, Petersone, Petterson, Piterson and others.

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Petterson Early History


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Petterson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petterson research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1317, 1377, 1378, 1411 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Petterson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Petterson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Petterson Early Notables (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...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Petterson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Petterson In Ireland


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Petterson In Ireland



Some of the Petterson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Petterson:

Petterson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Petterson, who arrived in Maryland in 1676

Petterson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johan Fredric Petterson, aged 19, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1846
  • Johann Petterson, aged 22, arrived in New York, NY in 1869
  • Nels Petterson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1875
  • Swen Petterson, aged 24, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1881
  • Alex Petterson, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Gothenberg, Sweden, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Petterson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ada Josefine Petterson, aged 19, who landed in America from Sweden, in 1900
  • Adolf L. Petterson, aged 20, who landed in America from Sweden, in 1901
  • Alb Petterson, aged 24, who settled in America from Gothenburg, in 1901
  • Petter Petterson, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1902
  • Carl A Petterson, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Petterson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Petterson (post 1700)



  • Stefan Bengt Petterson (b. 1963), Swedish footballer
  • Per Petterson (b. 1952), Norwegian novelist
  • Per "Pelle" Helmer Petterson (b. 1932), Swedish yachtsman and boat designer
  • Andrew Keith "Andy" Petterson (b. 1969), Australian footballer

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Petterson Historic Events


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Petterson Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. George Petterson (1887-1914), Finnish Third Class Passenger from Helsingfors, (Helsinki), Finland who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Motto


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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.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    3. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    4. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Petterson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Petterson 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:21.

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