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Pettersen Family History

Pettersen Name Meaning

Norwegian and Danish: patronymic from the personal name Petter a vernacular form of Peter . This surname is also found in northern Germany. Compare Petersen 2 and Peterson

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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Where is the Pettersen family from?

You can see how Pettersen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pettersen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Pettersen families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 4 Pettersen families living in Ontario. This was about 44% of all the recorded Pettersen's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Pettersen families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pettersen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pettersen ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Fils Cultivateur and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Pettersen. 60% of Pettersen men worked as a Fils Cultivateur and 100% of Pettersen women worked as a Stenographer. .

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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

  • Fils Cultivateur
  • Cultivateur

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 7,000 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 Lists

There are 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Pettersen. 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 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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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.

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