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Peters Family History

Peters Name Meaning
English, Scottish, Dutch, and North German: patronymic from the personal name Peter.Irish: Anglicized form (translation) of Gaelic Mac Pheadair ‘son of Peter’.Americanized form of cognate surnames in other languages, for example Dutch and North German Pieters.

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

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1,118,415 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
135,473 Military Records
114,956 Immigration Records
819,730 Census and Voter Lists
1,753,493 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Peters Families

  • Number of Peters families
     1,020 - 2,037
     341 - 1,019
     1 - 340
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Peters families
     961 - 1,920
     321 - 960
     1 - 320
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Peters families
     144 - 285
     49 - 143
     1 - 48
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Peters Family Origin

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Peters Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Peters

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Peters Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Peters census records

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Peters Civil War Service Records

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