Petterson Family History

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Petterson Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of Swedish Pettersson or Norwegian, Danish, and Dutch Pettersen.

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

Similar surnames: Pettersen, Peterson, Otterson, Petersen, Pederson, Bertelson

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Petterson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Petterson name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Petterson. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Norway


  • Sweden


  • Germanic Europe


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Petterson Family Origin

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Petterson Family Occupations

What did your Petterson ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Petterson occupation in the USA was Farmer. 57% of Petterson's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Petterson. A less common occupation for the Petterson family was Keeping House.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Keeping House


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

Petterson Historical Records

What Petterson family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 65,000 census records available for the last name Petterson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Petterson 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 75,000 immigration records available for the last name Petterson. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Petterson. For the veterans among your Petterson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Petterson Life Expectancy

What is the average Petterson lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Petterson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Petterson in 1946 was 47, and 70 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Petterson

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Petterson 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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