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