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Peterson Family History

Peterson Name Meaning
English, Scottish, and German: patronymic from Peter.Americanized form of similar surnames of non-English origin (such as Petersen, or Swedish Pettersson).In VT, there are Petersons who were originally called by the French name Beausoleil; in some documentation this was translated fairly literally as Prettysun, which was then assimilated to Peterson.

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

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Name Distribution of Peterson Families

  • Number of Peterson families
     4,011 - 8,020
     1,338 - 4,010
     1 - 1,337
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Peterson families
     191 - 379
     64 - 190
     1 - 63
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Peterson families
     148 - 294
     50 - 147
     1 - 49
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Peterson Family Origin

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Peterson Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Peterson

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Peterson Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Peterson Civil War Service Records

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