Last name: Pearson

This distinguished name is of early medieval English origin, and is one of the patronymic forms of the medieval given name Piers, itself the usual vernacular form of the male given name Peter. Piers was adopted by the English from the Old French "Pierre, Piers", introduced by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066; the Latinized form, "Petrus", is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name is ultimately of Greek origin, from "petros", rock, stone, and was very popular among Christians in Europe during the Middle Ages, mainly because it was the name bestowed by Christ (as a byname) on the apostle Simon bar Jonah; the name was chosen by Christ for its symbolic significance: "Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church". In England, the personal name was an early favourite, and consequently has generated a large number and variety of surname forms, among them the patronymics Pearson, Pierson and Peirson. Early recordings of the surname include: John Pierisson (1332, Warwickshire); Robert Peresson (1395, Yorkshire); and William Pierson (1412, Lancashire). One Cutbert Peirson was an early emigrant to the American colonies; he was listed as living at "the Indian thickett" near Elizabeth City in Virginia in 1623. A Coat of Arms granted to the family depicts per fesse embattled gules and azure, three suns in splendour ore. The crest being: out of a ducal coronet ore, a paroquet. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Peresone, which was dated 1327, in the "Exchequer Lay Subsidy Rolls of Somerset", during the reign of King Edward 111, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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carl pearson

i come from the uk father is alan pearson his dad as i recall was christopher pearson i believe from the north east hartlepool region . my fathers brother emigrated to australia little is known about my fathers mother .

Bailey Pearson

Hello everyone :) I'm trying to find out a bit about my father's family and was wondering if anyone had any info on Frank Pearson (Texas), Samuel Pearson (Bristol, England), John Pearson (Virginia/Kentucky), Samuel E. Pearson (Virginia/Texas) or John Richard Pearson (Texas)? Thank you!

Carla Pearson

My Husband's father is Arthur Preston Pearson who was born in 1910, Well he had been married an had 2 children by his 1st. wife Ethel Pearson aka ( Tooty) & Eugene Pearson. Now 19 yrs. later Arthur married his friend's daughter Lila Rison who had a daughter named Debbie @ tht time & she was 16yrs. old they had their 1st. child together James Clifford Pearson, aka (Cliff). then they proceeded to have 3 more kid's together after Cliff. Named: Vickki then Manuel & Harry Pearson. total 4 kids together but 5 in the house her bby Debbie in which he helped raise. Now Arthur's Father was in jail an while in there he had met a woman an guess he fell inlove so he had sent her money to go buy a new dress for he was getting out that day & they was to meet up an then go to the bar from there. Now He Arthur's father had waited an waited so he went on up to the bar there in ky. up in the hill's where he had found her not in a dress that they had decided on, but a pretty riskay kinda dress & she was being like a slut like dancing with other men & when he seen tht..... He killed all 23 ppl that was in there including that woman an when he went home bc I guess he wasn't going to go to prison or what it was,but he had a 9yr. old son Arthur as well as other kid's & IDK if he knew his son was there, but he had taken a shot gun and had used a stick to pull the trigger, literally blowing his head clean off...... Arthur seen that & bc no one believed him he had to put his father's head into a bag & carry it all the way back to town 8 miles so he could give the police his dad's head. Arthur Preston Pearson after that..... He was just never right at all, he died in 1986 dec. 24th. never saying to his kid's, wife's no 1 that he loved them,nor did he have holidays for his kids or even a birthday. This has taken a really bad toll on this family & my husband is 56 & @ the time of his dads death,he was called in florida@ work x-mas eve day & told tht his daddy was dying so Cliff was able to get 1 flight out, by time he got there, his dad had already died & was at the funeral home's morgue, where Cliff was taken too an when he opened tht door..... He seen his dad laying there naked an they had already started prepping him for... U know...:( Well tht wasn't where the horror ended @ for my husband.... He finally after quite a few hrs. of being in shock & jst. stairing@ his daddy he hear's every1 arguing out there about how was they going to get him back there where his grave is paid for,or how they wasn't going out in the snow to dig this grave.... So Cliff ( my husband ) Get's up & he just walk's out those doors, past his brother's,sister's,cousins& all to go an dig his daddies grave. So Not Only Did He have to walk in an find his dad dead an on the table, but he also had to dig his daddies grave on x-mas eve night in the snow & rain. 12-24-1986 & Arthur Preston Pearson was born: Valentines Day, Feb. 14,1910. If anyone know's any more about this story of where My husband's dad's dad his grandpa is burried at as well as his name, if he had any more kid's other then the ones tht Cliff's grandma had by him could you please leave me an email @ my name is Carla Pearson Cliff's wife. Thank You.

Joyce " Pearson" Wahlert

I will look up the spelling of Pearson on the Ellis Island archives, but I think it was spelled Perrson when my father arrived in 1923. His father was Theodore Perrson and he had several brothers that came to the United States but I was told they changed their names to Peterson.

Cindy S.

My great grandfather was Samuel Pearson - a general in the Boer war. His wife was Mary Jane Stopforth. The family came to Scranton, PA in about 1903.

Chris Pearson

My great-grandparens, Freeman Howard & Hellen Marvel (Stuart), were Nazarene evangelists many, may years ago who traveled the Ohio Valley and southern United States. Earlier ancestral Pearsons originated in the Carolinas/Appalachian mountains and moved west. Also, the variation "Pierson" is said to have ties to my bloodline. That story has to do with relatives working the railroad in west Texas. But I don't know much past that.

Brad Pearson

Sounds about right. I'm from SC and my Grandfather and his family moved to SC from the Smokey Mountains

James Pearson

I’m James, son of Thomas, son of Edwin, son of Will Henry. From NJ

breanna pierson

Hi my name is breanna pierson I was wondering if anyone knows if my surname I another variation to this one, I have heard that it is from another site but wish to confirm or deny that theory can anyone help me?

Hi my Great, Great, Great grandpa's name is Anton Pearson married to Charlotte Pearson from Sweden. I'm trying to find out who Anton's parents are? By the way my name is Elijah Pearson.

Johnny D. Pearson
I'm Johnny from Billings Mt. Grandson of Alfred Walter Pearson, been trying to find my family history. But were we come from I don't know right now. ?

daniel pearson
Hi guys just want to no if there's any relations between us pearsons??

Ammy Pearson
Hi Pearson family. So cool to see so many Pearsons from Great Britain and South Africa.
I am from Nevada and hail from a huge family. My grandfather, Jesse Pearson, who was from Eastern Texas, has over 100 descendants and still counting!

John Pearson
Hello to all the Pearson family out there,getting near Hogmany (new year) here in Scotland and thinking of you all,HAPPY NEW YEAR.

my grandfather was john pearson from the Scottish borders any relation?

john pearson

Not sure about that but my late father came from Paisley Scotland.

My Pearson relatives were from Montrose in Scotland

Tom Mears
Hi my names Tom mears my great grandad was a pearson and Married Helena Pearson they have one daughter living in north London and a daughter and son living in Canada trying to find out info from the pearson side of the family for my family tree can anyone help me

Michael Ray Pearson
My name is Michael Ray Pearson, My Father is Raymond Earl Pearson, My mother is Betty Jo Stephens, My family has been in South East Texas going back 100 years or so, Most of us have black or blond hair, brown, green & a few blue eyes. fair skin. Greetings, to any of my blood out there.

Ammy Pearson
My grandfather was from South East Texas. His name was Jesse Madison Pearson. Born 1898, moved to Idaho in the early 1900s and married Melva Pearson. I strongly resemble his sisters. Good chance we are related. Jesse has over 100 descendants that live in the Northern Nevada, Utah, and Idaho. Good chance we are related.

Lina Sorunda
About Hendrikson name it MIGHT be a swedish surname or finnish. But about the name Pearson, it doesn't have to be a french name. You know,some Swedes Americanized their surname Persson to Pearson or Parsons maybe. A celebrity has the name Parsons and she is of swedish origin.

I agrre - I believe my Pearson ancestors were from Scandinavia as my father suffers from 'Viking's Disease' - a deformation of the fingers which is much more common in Scandinavia and Iceland

Christopher Pearson

I think you're right about that, my Grandfather on my father's side came to America from Sweden, I don't know anything about my family before him though, but I find it peculiar a Swede to have the last name Pearson.

velica pearson
hi i am related to Turner Lloyd Pearson (grandfather) Michael Lloyd Pearson (father) also related to Arthur Pearson (Australia), Anthony Pearson (Jamaica), Richard Carl Pearson (Australia), Turner Langbridge-Pearson, Arthur Langbridge-Pearson, Arthur Owen Pearson (RIP - Commonwealth War Dead). If you are related please write to me:

Whitney Pearson

Hi i'm a PEARSON ASWELL from SOUTH AFRICA.. Would like to know alil bit more of my family history too..

Hi Whitney,I am Jake Pearson from Scotland and trying to get information about our family,my late father came from Paisley Scotland

Matt Pearson
I agree with Sam. My name is Matt Pearson and I suck. I suck so bad that I cant even ice skate, and im Canadian!

Matt Pearson
My name is Matt Pearson and I'm pretty awesome. Sucks to be you. I have a brother called Mark, he sucks pretty bad though.

Not many people saying their Pearson heritage is French... I'm northern English and as Scandinavian looking as they come, as are my dad (Andrew) and brother (William/Billy)...

Ammy Pearson
Agreed. My family's heritage is Scottish and Scandinavian.

Emma Jean Pierson Ward
I am the sixth generation of Piersons in my family. I have been searching for James Patrick Pierson born 1773, he first appears in New Kent Co Virginia. He died in 1865 in Scott Co Virginia. His granddaughter who lived to be 105 said he stowed away on a ship from Ireland and was caught and worked his way as a bound boy. If anyone has any information that might connect me to his parents please email me at

helen janet cairns
my mother was inez may pearson. her father was john esmond pearson and his father was john wesley pearson and he migrated to australia from yorkshire, england when he was 18 years old. he was an engraver by profession but died at 33 years of pneumonia, leaving 3 small children, 5years,3years and 18 months and a wife. my grandfather began his working life as a photographer and later went into timber business. his son, my uncle, george esmond pearson migrated to usa from australia in about 1922. he married an american, mabel and they lived most of their like in new orleans, mobile and other southern cities in america. he was also in the timber business.

Jessica Irene Pearson
From California here. Relatives go back to SC and GA mostly. Looking to fill more connections- please check site.


Where in Georgia? That's where our Pearson's came from, supposedly through S. Carolina. Evan-->Phillip Marion-->Walter Augustus all from Georgia then out to Washington State. Sound at all familiar?

Troy Alexander Pearson
Any family related to Samuel Ronald Pearson from the Mullins area of South Carolina?

Maria Dorothea Muir nee Pearson
My father was George Thomas Pearson. His father was James Hendrikson Pearson called Jimmy. I don't know a lot about us but I do know that I got psoraises they said that it was a genetic thing. LOL but it is nice to hear of other Pearson all around. Is there other Pearson's that also have psoraises ? my mail addy is

Blain Pearson
I am Blain Pearson, of North Carolina, USA

Blain Pearson
I am Blain Pearson, NC, USA

konthoujam pearson
m glad to find out dat i hav many brothers out der frm different countries sam as my name..maybe we havnt met each other but watever you do good or bad my name wil olso be stick in high five to ol my brothers..

Eric Pearson
I am trying to find my ancestor originating in Virginia, around the beginning of 1500.

Sean Pearson
Not likely to find anything in Virginia that early since Jamestown - the first permanent English Settlement in America - wasn't even founded until 1607.

Julie (Pearson) Clark
Hello, My father's name was Albert Pearson III, His father Albert Pearson II, etc. They lived in Marblehead, MA and Albert Pearson II was a commercial fisherman. My father moved to Yarmouth ME and was a civil Engineer.

Harry Pearson
I am dated back to out of the civil war out of southwestern pa usa union troops

William Pearson
Hi. I am a Pearson, son of Bill. I live in South Africa.

Charl Pearson
HI Does any one know who were the 2 Pearson brothers that emigrated originally from Ireland to South Africa?

Do you have names?

Percy Pearson
The 2 brother were George and Thomas Pearson who fought in the Anglo. Boer War.

Percy Pearson
There were 2 brothers from Ireland George and Thomas Pearson but trying to track what happened before that. does any one know?

Solomon James Pearson
My eldest brother is Thomas George Pearson and he was named after my grand father Thomas George Pearson we are all South African

james pearson II
Hello all.. my name is James Pearson II... and im a photographer and most likely the youngest here..(27) My father is James Pearson Sr., don't know my grandfathers name..(didn't get to really meet my Pearson side of my family). My son is James Pearson III I have a uncle (Johnnie Pearson and Jessie Pearson) I know my grandmother was full Indian of some kind. is my email.

Ammy Pearson
James and Jesse are strong names in my family.

vic pearson
Greetings to all Pearsons world wide from Vic P now living in Buxton ,Derbyshirs ,U.K., originally from Barlby, East Riding of Yorkshire (born 1948)..father originated in Kent near Maidstone and came North with the Army (Imphal Barracks ,York), he was orphaned very young...would welcome any info about the Southern Pearsons. Dynasty now firmly established in North Yorks.

Gary blackmore
Any know a Liz Pearson with sister called Victoria from nottingham.

Hi. My ggf Gustav Pearson came over on a boat when he was 16, leaving all family in Sweden. We have documentation. Brave. They settled in Duquesne area of Pittsburgh Penna, and later moved (1938) to New Wilmington, Penna. My gf was great but left all ties to his pittsburgh family and I never met one of them. Between many siblings, probable great aunts and uncles and so forth, the city could be full of them. Anyone out there? My gf was named James Pearson. Also, I am proud of the swedish and any other place my ancestors lived. Hope I don't hear of slave owners though. Thanks.

Jena Pearson
Hi I am a Pearson and what I was told that my family originated in Sweden and landed in Pittsburgh and then immigrated to Saskatchewan where my grandfather Dalbert/Jack Pearson was born he later grew to be a Chief Engineer in the Navy and living his entire adult life in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. After his passing he was mentioned in many published books and had a building in Montreal Canada named in his honor.

Ammy Pearson
Yeah, I was told that I have Swedish lineage from my paternal Grandfather.

Don Pearson
It has been real interesting reading all the post. I agree with some others that to go back to midieval time of the Norsemen Scandanavian countries now Sweeden, Norway, and Denmark. So good news we are all family. The Norsemen or Men from the north left the north due to over population due to the harsh winters and such. Migrated to other lands raiding or conquoring for survival. That leads to all the areas to each of you posted. Ireland, Scotland, Europe. My name is Donald Pearson my farther James Alvin Pearson, his farther James Alfred Pearson his farther James Thomas Pearson I wish I could go back more but still working on it. Austin,Texas (USA)

Some people say they are 100% Swedish. You may have traced back as far as the 1700's, but you have to go back to medieval times. It originated in England.

Amanda Tuscany
Anyone know a Mark Allan Pearson?? i am looking for him, he is my biological dad...... Amanda

I have a cousin named Mark Allan Pearson who lives in Edgewood NM just outside of Albuquerque.

Im Pearson from NJ and my dad is a darkskinnned puerto rican who has roots in puerto rico for atleast 3 generations

I am walker but as of a few months do to dna test results I have learned that I am a pearson.I am from New Jersey.I think my pearson mystery man had relations with either a native or black woman who I think was a former slave or had been born free to a once enslaved mother from virginia or further dna placed me with the pearson line from Ullock Cumberland England.began with a John D Pearson who was born and died there in 1650.I can be reached at 201 532 5326 after midnight or after 9:00am or you can email me at

Velica Pearson
Hi, I am Velica Pearson!!! anyone related to Turner Langbridge-Pearson, Arthur Langbridge-Pearson, Arthur Owen Pearson (RIP - Commonwealth War Dead) , Turner Lloyd Pearson (my grandfather). Family From UK and Jamaica, British West Indies. if anyone related to them do not hesitate and contact me. I am part of the other family that emigrated to Panama CIty, Panama. email me:

robby N.

Im from Jamaica and has Pearson ancestry. The furthest back is 1770's with William Henry Pearson, Esq. Had William Henry Pearson with Elizabeth Willock a free Quadroon. William is said to be from Scotland. Any connections? Note. Go to 23andme or ftda and do dna analysis. Its only 99.00.

Jason Pearson
Im Jason Pearson from South mississippi,U.S.A..Had a ancestor in Andrew Jacksons Army that stayed in this area after the battle of new orleans of 1812 ...ive been told from Washington County Ga. early 1700s ..Warwiskshire U.K. prior to that

I'm Sam Pearson from Norwich, Norfolk.

Decided to check out my name and came across this site, my name is René Pearson and I'm from Anderson, Indiana

John Jamieson Pearson
Hi RENE,Just to let you know my sister is olso called Rene and we live in Scotland,Happy New Year to you and family.

royce pearson
Well to top all of you pearsons off IAM ROYCE PEARSON from Los Angeles CA!!

Amy Whittam
Lots of interesting Pearsons here :) I'm doing linguistics at uni and my lecturer told me that our surname is definitely of Scandinavian origin...sooo interesting! Changed my surname to my mothers maiden name when i was 18 as i never met my father but i know he was definitely a Pearson from Kendal in Cumbria!

John Pearson
Are there any Pearson's from the UK here who have used a DNA testing service for their genealogy research? I am in the US and have found matches here but would be very interested to find out where I could look for matches in the UK.

I have taken the dna test and my results took me to Ullock Cumberland England.John D Pearson who died there in 1650.I have 2 matches in england at 25 can call me at 201 532 5326 after midnight or after 9:00am.
where do u get the testing done and how much is it

Zakiya Pearson
Hello I am a Pearson. My grandfather's name Troy Pearson from Sumter, South Carolina. My great grandfather's name Gussie Pearson from South Carolina. I am very interested in my history. I would love more info on the DNA testing. Please email me @

Terrance Pearson
Hello. My name is terrance Pearson. My paternal grandfather was born in Sumter South Carolina. His name was Eugene Pearson. His brothers were Edward Pearson and Theodore Pearson. They moved to baltimore and youngstown, oh in the 1930"s. my late father has visited Sumter and met a lot of relatives. We may be related. My email address is

Allan Pearson
Linguistically, I think it's fairly clear that the "Pear" part of Pearson is some form of "Peter" and that "Pearson" means therefore "son of Peter." I know that my "Pearson" is Scandinavian/Swedish. Many variants of the name "Pearson" are to be found in Swedish phone books.The English/Scottish/Irish connection is not difficult to accept either. My personal geography is Massachusetts, California & New Mexico.

Steph Pearson
I'm Stephanie Pearson, I live in Dorset in the UK. My Family are all from the Buckinghamshire area!! So suprised at the amount of Pearson's!!

Kate Pearson
Im a Pearson too! Representing Newcastle in North of England:--)

John Pearson
Hi Kate! My name is John Pearson. I was born in Belfast, N. Ireland but now live in Florida USA. My father was John Gordon Pearson. He was born in Manchester England in 1917. His parents were Gladys & Robert. I have an aunt, Phyllis, who lives in Newcastle.

Jamie Pearson representing South Africa ;-)

Charl Pearson
Hi Jamie I’m Charl Pearson also “” are you from Mister Arthur side of the bloodline, and then do you possibly know who was the 2 Pearson brothers that emigrated originally from Ireland to South Africa?

Cherida gregory
Hi I'm a Pearson to ! Was my maiden name now live in Somerset father born in shrewsbury and grandparents looking for any connections

I'm a pearson as well but noticed you were from somerset assuming england.. Is Hughes or Hewes still a popular name there because i believe my other side of my family was from around the somerset area possibly

Brenda Ann astlet (nee Pearson
Hi My father was Thomas Arthur Pearson,He was born in Tyldsley lancashire.He had a brother Jack a sister Nellie.They all moved to Ammonford South Wales My father marries Alice Mary Hayes .Nellie married Will Wilson my father died in 1964. I have been trying to trace any relatives. My mother came from Somerset

Brenda Ann Astley (nee Pearson
sorry typing error on previous message

Mekesha Pearson
Mekesha Pearson checking in! My father is Robert (Bobby) and uncles are William (Billy) and Shellie (Butch). LOL. My family is so big it's ridiculous but I wasn't sure if there were other African American Pearsons out there. Although we could hail from the islands...I am constantly mistaken for a Bajan (Barbados).

Robert preston
Robert here, aussie,my pearson heritage can be traced back to 1720 approx in elie scotland

Jamie Thomas
Hi Robert, forgive me, I have copy/pasted an earlier reply -my ancestors originated in Oxford, New Zealand. I believe I'm somehow related to Joseph Pearson the settler,(originally from Cumberland UK) who started out settling in Goulburn (Australia) before moving to NZ, and his son William Fisher Pearson, the NZ politician, although I'm not sure how exactly. My Great-Grandfather Kenneth Pearson was born in Oxford NZ (I think his father was Thomas Pearson, who one lead suggests was born in Goulburn to John Pearson and Mary Henderson), Kenneth moved to the north island, got married, and hence why I end up here. Do you know any of the details re Joseph, or Thomas Pearson? Are they your relations? I'm struggling to prove anything...Cheers

Nicole Pearson
My great-grandfather was William Pearson, born in Otago, Dunedin in 1884... son of Joseph and Elizabeth (maiden name: Barton) and married to Leonarda Pearson. When Elizabeth died, Joseph moved to Australia and re-married.

Jamie Thomas
Hi Ben, my ancestors originated in Oxford, New Zealand. I believe I'm somehow related to Joseph Pearson the settler, who started out settling in Goulburn (Australia) before moving to NZ, and his son William Fisher Pearson, the NZ politician, although I'm not sure how exactly. My Great-Grandfather Kenneth Pearson was born down there (I think his father was Thomas Pearson, who one lead suggests was born in Goulburn to John Pearson and Mary Henderson), Kenneth moved to the north island, got married, and hence why I end up here. Do you know any of the details? I'm struggling to prove anything...Cheers Read more:

I am Phil Pearson from Sheffield, England

Sam Pearson
I am Sam Pearson from Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, South Africa. My father was Samuel Jacobus Pearson from Graaff-Reinet and had brothers named Jan, Bill, Terry and Louwtjie. I do not know a lot about our history but is slowly gaining knowledge about my family. Seems to be a lot of Pearsons in South Africa - I always thought we were scattered thinly around the globe. Glad to hear from anybody with bits of info.

Anita Pearson
Hi I'm Anita Pearson and my grandfather was Joseph Acton Pearson. I know there are quite a lot of Pearson's in SA but trying to find info is just about impossible

Wow! I am Jimmy Pearson from Rustenburg South Africa, my father is Jimmy James Pearson, grandfather Joe Acton Pearson who lived in North Rhodesia before emigrating to South Africa. I found a Jimmy Pearson on Facebook from Dover Kent USA (We're not related). I don't know much about the history, would love to know more about the ancestors! Some of the names mentioned in this site are also names of my uncles and cousins, Sydney Pearson, John Pearson, etc. I always thought I was Irish!

Hi I'm from Witbank my late Grandfather was named Jimmy Pearson. His full names was James Hendrikson Pearson born on the 18-08 1907. My aunts are Jamie - Jean.

My grandfather's papa Björn Pearson was born in Sweden. My grandfather always said his papa told him it originated with a man named Paar. Paarson ( Paar's son) and Paarsdotter ( Paar's daughter).

I'm a pearson... noticed one thing about my family we like to move about, iv got relatives in 7 or 8 countries that i know of; most of them are siblings or cousin/ auntie/uncles. Ex south african living in wales for the moment. My sister has done more than this, but the last my father had was ggg born in germany

My Maiden name is Pearson.. My father is from Alabama. His father was Virgil Pearson and all i know about Virgil's Father is his name was Will Pearson who was married to Lula Gossett. After Lula Died he put his children in the Talladega Orphanage So I'm trying to find out where Will came from... Would love it if anyone has information out there........The other siblings names were Cora, Della, Fannie , Eugene and Annie. And supposedly Virgils grandmothers name was also Lula? Not sure about that one.

John Pearson
My line of Pearson's is from North Carolina and Virginia and the furthest I have been able to track is to a John Pearson that was born around 1650 in London.

Cindy Lynne Pearson
Wow. My name is Cindy Pearson. Not sure of our heritage. I believe my grandfather was Irish & German. But not positive. I have an Uncle Richard. Would love to hear about anything I can find out about my name. I'm very proud of my last name!!! I live in Yuba City, California,in Amer

My Grandfather Pearson is 100% SWEDISH. It's still a popular surname in Sweden. Though it's more commonly spelled Paerson, with the "A" ahead of the "E".

My grandfather was named Jesse Cecil Pearson by his adoptive parents. We are not sure who he was born to. My grandfather's adoptive mother's name was Margo Pearson & as far as I can remember her husband's name was Jesse, no middle name. We are from Mississippi. I was born in Jackson & lived there for 12 years before moving to Kilmichael, where I've lived the last 17 yrs. I would love to know if anyone knew Jesse Pearson of Byram, MS

I am related to Alexander H pearson (grandfather) I am looking for any information on Alexander h Pearson Eli Pearson Gerard pearson My grandmother name was Myrtle Pearson her mom was Adelaide LaPlant. Any information would help...thank you

Paul Pearson
Paul Pearson from Bournemouth Dorset UK. My ancestors came from around Bedale and Northallerton in North Yorkshire. I've tracked them back to 1735. A great great uncle John emigrated with his family to Toronto Canada in the 1870's.

Paul is this you in Ontario

Elizabeth Pearson
My name is Elizabeth Pearson and our Pearson family is from Basford In Nottingham, England. I have researched them back to abt. 1730 but cannot get back any further.

Gary(biffo) Blackmore
Hi Liz are you the one with sis called victoria?

Allison Pearson
No, I am not the famous author but we do both have the exact same name. I live in the United States....My Grandfather is Swedish . Were Swedens!!

I am a Pearson by birth (North Yorkshire, England) , George Frederick are the family male names , the eldest son carrying one of those names. My other brother is named David Richard, a strange coincidence as it matches posters names on here

My great great grandfather Pearson came from Sweden also and he was definitely Swedish.

I was told Pearson came from the son of a man named Paar (Paar's son). There's also Paarsdotter (Paar's daughter). My great-grandfather Pearson came from Sweden and was 100% Swede.

Chris Pearson, Liverpool, England

Lynda Litsas
Hey Chris, is that you?

Christiaan Pearson, Johannesburg, South Africa

David Pearson
I am also David Pearson, and I am from Jamaica also. Not sure if I am related to Richard at the top, but am told that my Pearsons arrived in Jamaica from Scotland in the late 1700s - early 1800s and many migrated to Panama late 19th to early 20th. In Jamaica the Pearsons were known as great Buggy makers in the 1870s onward.

Hello David (and to you Richard at the top). I'm Cathy. My parents were Jamaicans. I was born in the UK and still live here. I know very little about my fathers family given he died a couple of weeks after my birth. His name was Vincent Elisha. I have a haIf brother on his side is also named David whom I don't think has ever left JA but haven't seen him in years. My mother told me my dad was given his mum's surname who herself was called Kathleen or some derivative.

Velica Pearson
Hi David, I am related to the Pearson's in Jamaica, Are you related to to Turner Langridge-Pearson? I am related to Turner Pearson (my grandfather); and my dad Michael and uncle Edward Pearson migrated to Panama too.

John Pearson
Hello David,My late father came from Paisley Scotland.

Pearson can come from many different places, but we've studied our geneology very thoroughly and we are NO DOUBT Scandinavian, from Sweden. We have census and migration to back it up. But the spelling was changed by my great grandpa. My great great grandpa Pierson was born in Sweden and he also had a bit of German mixed in there as well. His son changed the spelling to Pearson. Based on what we've heard, he wanted to sound more English because he was embarassed of his fathers beliefs. There are rumors my great great grandpa made a few enemies when he came to America because he had very different political and religious views than his American neighbors. His son wanted to be more "Americanized" :p

Is this given or surname

Betty Pearson
Los Angeles California. My father clanon Pearson was German native American African American and now thinking possibly Swedish. He was born in 1927 passed in 2007 in LA California. He had a son in German whom ive never met but he passed away from prostate cancer which is prevalent in the Pearson side of my family. He was in the military and I believe he had other sons. I was his only girl (that I know of) contact me @ Very interested in our lineage. Thank you Pearsons :-)

The name Pearson or Pierson has been traced back to several places. Your region and physical traits can be a good indicator of which. For instance, I saw one man on this page say that he was Kentucky-born. Kentucky was part of the American backwoods, where the population was primarily Scottish and Irish. On the other hand, a New Yorker might want to check for Jewish ancestry, as it is an Americanized form of several Jewish surnames. A lot of Pearsons, including bishop Jonh Pearson, have or had expressive eyes, thick necks, and large, beaklike noses indicative of the French origin in connection to Charlemagne.

By the way - my father was Rudolph Richardo James Pearson born 1940, he use to be the lead singer with the gospel group Pilgrim Brothers and they use to visit the Richmond Virginia to sing.

Hi, I am Dazelle Pearson from the Bahamas. The name Pearson in the Bahamas are from Acklins and there is a cay name after them. Pearson Cay is a point in Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas. I am black and understand that my name may have been pass down from a slave master.

Andrew Pearson
Hey ya'll Like you I am learning about our name ands its origin. I have read that we originated from england but there was also a group that migrated to Ireland. I am told that I have irish blood. I am son of Greg Pearson out of Kalamazoo Michigan.

Brad Pearson

Brad Pearson
I'm originally from pennsylvania, but live in Georgia now. The farthest I've gotten back is to a great great great great grandfather Isaac Pearson born in Whitehaven Sotland in 1792.

I'm a Pearson... Nottingham, England, my dad is steve pearson, grampa Robert Pearson, uncle craig pearson, great uncle Sidney Pearson, one of my distant cousins has tracked my branch of the family all the way back to the time of the conquest!!! we go wwwaaayyy back :P

sidney Milne
Hi My Mothers name was Phylis Zena Pearson now deceased from yorkshire her brothers name was sidney. Any connection?

Diane Pearson
I'm from the U.S., and a Swedish Pearson. I know my grandfather Carl Pearson immigrated to Wisconsin around the turn of the 20th century. I suspect the name was originally something like Persson, and got anglicized either by his choice, or pressed on him by immigration clerks.

Drew Pearson
My name is Drew Pearson! Ayyeeeee what's good Minnesota

Becca Pearson
Pearson in New Mexico, USA via California and Massachusetts... was told that the person in the family that originated the Pearson name was adopted...a new twist to the search for ancestors.

Lynda Litsas nee Pearson
I quite agree with you there Eileen, lots of names ending in son in Sweden, you must try and find the book called ' a thousand years of Pearsons' btw, I am still looking for it so check back if and when u find it! Regards Lynda

my mother was a pearson from pittsburgh area then new wilmington penna. area. We were always told grandpa pearson was swedish. Never heard English before. Swedish.

David John Pearson
My great-grandparents arrived in Canada from Bolton, Lancashire in the 20`s. Their names were George and Elizabeth Pearson. Their kids were Charles, Harold, Ida, and Arthur (my grandfather). My father is Larry Pearson, My brother is Richard Arthur Pearson and I am David John Pearson.

Roxy Prkusic (Pearson)
My father is Peter John Pearson and his father was Harold John Pearson, Alice was Harold wifes name. They were from England. Wonder if theres a connection?

Patricia Pearson
lol not 32 brothers 2 lol sorry everyone

Patricia Pearson
Hi there I marrired into the Pearson family Kendal S. Pearson is my hubby and his father's name is Franklin Pearson,(32 brothers) Franks fathers name was Stain Pearson and his father was David Pearson came acrosss on the HMS MONTCALM

Emily Pearson
Hi, I'm Emily Pearson from Chirstchurch, New Zealand - what an international mix of Pearsons there are on this page! I had always believe the name to be English/Scottish and am suprised to find so many around the globe!

Jamie Thomas
Hi Emily, chances are we are related, my ancestors originated in Oxford. I believe I'm somehow related to Joseph Pearson the settler, and his son William Fisher Pearson, the politician, although I'm not sure how exactly. My Great-Grandfather Kenneth Pearson was born down there (I think his father was Thomas Pearson), but Kenneth moved to the north island, got married, and hence why I end up here. Do you know any of the details? I'm struggling to prove anything...

Tony Pearson
Anthony Pearson from Royal Leamington Spa, England here :)

Ashlea Pearson
Ashlea Pearson from Ilinois US.. Trying to figure out my last name's history... haha... seems like alot of links to the past. Not too sure which one to follow.

Chuck Pearson
wow! Lots of Pearsons out there, I'm Chuck Pearson from Kentucky, USA. Always thought we were of Scottish decent but the swedish connection has me curious. Would go along with what my great uncle mentioned once.

Graham Pearson
I am Graham Pearson born Somerset West, South Africa. Currently living in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Please be free to contact me at gpearson (at)

Kohei Pearson X
I am Pearson N from Malawi. Anyone who wants to link with me, please feel free to contact me at

Lynda Litsas nee Pearson
My maiden name is Pearson and as far as I know, the name originated in Sweden when Olaf (Old) Pearson) came to England and so the name began. I believe there is also a book that has been published entitled '1.000 years of Pearsons'!!!!

My name is Dustin Pearson, USA, Chicago IL.

Betty Pearson
I have a lot of family in Chicago with the Pearson name. We are possibly related.!