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Pedersen Name Meaning

Norwegian and Danish: patronymic from the personal name Peder (see Peter ). This surname is also found in northern Germany. Compare Petersen 2 and Peterson English: variant of Peterson .

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

Similar surnames: Petersen, Pettersen, Andersen, Peterson, Peerson, Gundersen

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Where is the Pedersen family from?

You can see how Pedersen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pedersen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pedersen families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Pedersen family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Pedersen's in USA. New York had the highest population of Pedersen families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pedersen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pedersen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Pedersen. 16% of Pedersen men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Pedersen women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pedersen were Salesman and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 59,000 census records available for the last name Pedersen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pedersen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 121,000 immigration records available for the last name Pedersen. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Pedersen. For the veterans among your Pedersen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pedersen lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Pedersen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Pedersen in 1944 was 34, and 78 in 2004.

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