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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

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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

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Peter Family Origin

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Peter Immigration Information

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Peter Family Occupations

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