Pettersson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Pettersson is a patronymic name created originally from the personal name of a male relative. Pettersson 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."

Pettersson Spelling Variations

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


United States Pettersson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pettersson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anders Pettersson, aged 5, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850 [1]
  • Anna Pettersson, aged 34, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850 [1]
  • Carl Johan Pettersson, aged 9, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850 [1]
  • Eric Johan Pettersson, aged 21, who arrived in Boston, Mass in 1850 [1]
  • Gustaf Eric Pettersson, aged 7, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Pettersson (post 1700) +

  • Ronney Pettersson (1940-2022), Swedish footballer who played as a goalkeeper (1957-1977)

RMS Titanic
  • Miss Ellen Natalia Pettersson (d. 1912), aged 18, Swedish Third Class passenger from Stockholm, Uppland who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [2]
  • Mr. Johan Emil Pettersson (d. 1912), aged 25, Swedish Third Class passenger from VastermoVästermo, Södermanland who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [2]


  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. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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