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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


Similar surnames: Person, Peters, Peerson, Pierson, Petersen, Pearson, Petersohn

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Peterson Family Origin

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Peterson Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    23%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Labourer

    7%
  • Student

    7%

In 1881, the most common Peterson occupation in Canada was Farmer. 23% of Peterson's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Peterson. A less common occupation for the Peterson family was Student.

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Peterson Historical Records

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Peterson Life Expectancy

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Famous Peterson Family

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