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PETERSON - Name Meaning & Origin


PETERSON Surname Meaning & Origin:

Peterson is a patronymic surname meaning "son of Peter." The given name Peter is derived from the Greek petros meaning "stone."

Peterson is the 63rd most popular surname in the United States.

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Genealogy Resources for the Surname PETERSON:

100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
Smith, Johnson, Williams, Jones, Brown... Are you one of the millions of Americans sporting one of these top 100 common last names from the 2000 census?

PETERSON Family Genealogy Forum
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FamilySearch - PETERSON Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Peterson surname and its variations.

PETERSON Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Peterson surname.

Cousin Connect - PETERSON Genealogy Queries
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DistantCousin.com - PETERSON Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Peterson.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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