Peterson Family History

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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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Peterson name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    40%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    13%

  • Norway

    11%

  • Sweden

    10%

  • Germanic Europe

    10%

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Peterson Family Origin

Where is the Peterson family from?

Peterson Family Occupations

What did your Peterson ancestors do for a living?

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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  • Farmer

    23%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Labourer

    7%
  • Student

    7%

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

Peterson Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Peterson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Peterson 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 260,000 immigration records available for the last name Peterson. 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 Card

There are 233,000 military records available for the last name Peterson. For the veterans among your Peterson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Peterson Life Expectancy

What is the average Peterson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Peterson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Peterson in 1940 was 49, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Peterson 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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