Peters Family History

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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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Peters Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Peters name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Peters Family Origin

Where is the Peters family from?

Peters Family Occupations

What did your Peters ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Peters occupation in the UK was Farmer. 3% of Peters's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Peters family was Coal Miner. Farmer, Labourer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Peters.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner


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

Peters Historical Records

What Peters family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

There are 128,000 immigration records available for the last name Peters. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Peters Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Peters 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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