Pettersen Family History

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Pettersen Name Meaning

Norwegian, Danish, and Dutch: patronymic from the personal name Petter. a vernacular form of Peter.

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

Similar surnames: Petersen, Pettersson, Petterson, Peeters, Petters, Peterson, Peters

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Pettersen Family Origin

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Pettersen Family Occupations

What did your Pettersen ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Pettersen family was Cabinet Maker. The most common Pettersen occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Pettersen's were Farmers. Farmer, Blacksmith and Brass Molder were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pettersen.

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  • Farmer

  • Blacksmith

  • Brass Molder

  • Cabinet Maker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Pettersen ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Pettersen Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Pettersen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pettersen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Pettersen. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Pettersen. For the veterans among your Pettersen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pettersen Life Expectancy

What is the average Pettersen lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Pettersen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Pettersen in 1947 was 56, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Pettersen

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pettersen 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.

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