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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


Similar surnames: Peter, Pieters, Peeters, Petters, Peers, Petro, Peets, Petri, Petre

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Where is the Peters family from?

You can see how Peters families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Peters family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Peters families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 1,055 Peters families living in Ontario. This was about 31% of all the recorded Peters's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Peters families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Peters surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Peters ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Peters. 39% of Peters men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Peters women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Peters were Farmers Son and Farmer.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    39%
  • Labourer
    13%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Farmers Son
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    17%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Farmer
    8%
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Census Records

There are 868,000 census records available for the last name Peters. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Peters 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 128,000 immigration records available for the last name Peters. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 147,000 military records available for the last name Peters. For the veterans among your Peters ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Peters lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Peters life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Peters in 1940 was 52, and 76 in 2004.

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