14-Day Free Trial GIVE ME ACCESS

Peter Family History

Peter Name Meaning
English, Scottish, German, Dutch, etc.: from the personal name Peter (Greek Petros, from petra ‘rock’, ‘stone’). The name was popular throughout Christian Europe in the Middle Ages, having been bestowed by Christ as a byname on the apostle Simon bar Jonah, the brother of Andrew. The name was chosen by Christ for its symbolic significance (John 1:42, Matt. 16:18); St. Peter is regarded as the founding head of the Christian Church in view of Christ’s saying, ‘Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church’. In Christian Germany in the early Middle Ages this was the most frequent personal name of non-Germanic origin until the 14th century. This surname has also absorbed many cognates in other languages, for example Czech Petr, Hungarian Péter. It has also been adopted as a surname by Ashkenazic Jews.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

1,112,297 Historical Documents with Peter on Ancestry.com
543,999 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
35,066 Military Records
55,101 Immigration Records
148,599 Census and Voter Lists
329,532 Member Trees

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.

Name Distribution of Peter Families

  • Number of Peter families
     180 - 358
     61 - 179
     1 - 60
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Peter families
     139 - 276
     47 - 138
     1 - 46
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Peter families
     81 - 160
     28 - 80
     1 - 27
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Peter census records

You can see how Peter families moved over time by selecting different Census years.

Census records can tell you little-known facts about your ancestors such as birthplace, occupation and value of personal estate.

View all Peter census records >

Peter Family Origin

Click on a place to view Peter immigration records

The information for this chart came from the U.S. Immigration Collection at Ancestry.com. You can find out where the majority of the Peter families were living before they immigrated to the U.S and learn where to focus your search for foreign records.

Immigration records can tell you an ancestor's name, ship name, port of departure, port of arrival, and destination.

View all Peter immigration records >

Peter Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

Click on a circle in the chart to view Peter immigration records

You can find out when most of the Peter families immigrated to the United States. You can focus your search to immigration records dating from that era.

Immigration records can tell you an ancestor's name, ship name, port of departure, port of arrival and destination.

View all Peter immigration records >

Average Life Expectancy for Peter

Click on a circle in the chart to view Peter birth and death records

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family.

The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

View all Peter ancestors in the SSDI

Peter Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Peter census records

Census records can offer a lot of little known facts about your Peter ancestors, such as occupation.

Occupation can tell you about your ancestors' social status and economic status.

View all Peter census records >

Peter Civil War Service Records

Click to view veteran service records

You can find out if your ancestors came primarily from the North of the South.

Military records can tell you an ancestor's birthplace, occupation, and even physical description.

View all Peter military records >

Message Board about Peter 127 Threads, 87 Messages

Look up another family name
×
  • Visit our other sites:

© 1997-2014 Ancestry.com | Corporate Information | Privacy | Terms and Conditions