Last name: Petersen

This interesting and unusual surname, chiefly found in the north western European countries of Denmark, Holland, Germany and Brussels, and also further north in Finland, is a patronymic from the male given name Peter, itself ultimately coming from the Greek petros, meaning "rock" or "stone". Recordings of the surname from London church registers include the christening of Frederick Beltezer, son of Otho and Catharine Petersen, on April 9th 1706 in St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster; the marriage of Joachim Petersen to Elizabeth Spofford in St. Dunstans in the East on August 12th 1712, and the christening of Adolph Frederick Petersen in St. Botolph without Aldgate on September 1st 1872. Coats of Arms granted to the Petersen families of Greiffenberg, (Prussia); Hesse, and Finland are recorded heraldically in Rietstap's "Armorial General", the former depicts the upper body of a stag leaping from the centre of a blue shield. A silver cross moline is the base. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Petersen of Prussia, which was dated circa 1680, Rietstap's "Armorial General", during the reign of Emperor Leopold 1, "Habsburg Emperor", 1658 - 1705. 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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Audrey
I want know anyone know of Charlotte Peterson who has big family in Peterson side i wonder if she adopted my birth mom penny or is her real daughter cuz i check on ancestry show birth certificate that is the point here .. i know she said not want see her real family . maybe she used the nationally on adopted parents. as not match me.that why so mystery. My mom Penelope Stickler wass born Oct 29 1943 show my orginal birth certificate. anyone know her. it showed should be dutch/german/english. that my confusion here

Sara Petersen.
Jeg er Grønlansk og mit efternavn Petersen er fra min morfar.

john petersen jr
my petersen family came denmark

Sandy Peterson Moncur
Mine did too. My Grandpa changed the spelling of the last name to "Son" .

Larry Petersen Jr
I am Larry Petersen Jr, I know the family name originates from Denmark.

Bradford
Bradford Petersen from South Africa we are Petersen's will like to know how or where the surname originated from as we are coloureds or mixed race so it had to of come from a European settler who came to Africa in the early 1900's . Bradford.petersen1@gmail.com

Audrey Stickler
My grandmother is Charlotte Peterson who married to Everett Stickler. Charlotte was born in Iowa. Family from Norway. Her mom is Christinia Peterson- Soppeland. and father is Barnes O. Soppeland. They are from Norway too. My birth mom is Penelope Jean Stickler who married to Mervyn Becker . she was adopted as infant i believe that she kept the last name and still remian with that family. as she would not share with me. still wondering if Penelope has any other siblings besides Donald Everett Stickler who passed away in 2005 in MO or ILL. i learned he is pennys birth brother. maybe has more siblings who knows. still researching it.

Audrey Stickler
again sorry forgot to add if any of u know these people Charlotte Peterson who married to Everett Stickler, Christenia Soppeland- Peterson married to Peter Peterson.so her father is Barnes O. Soppeland. Peter Peterson has huge family. Rasmus Peterson who married to Rhonda Johnson. Peder Knusten who married to Gunnhild Abornsdtr. Knut Pedersen married to Kari Rasmusdtr., Peder Pedersen who married to Gunnhild Knutsdtr. Peder Pedersen who married to Siri Jonsdtr. Peder Ivarsen who married to Siri Assersdtr. these all are my grandma, grandpas......... Thru Charlotte Peterson side.

PETERSEN
You mean PETERSEN?

christian petersen
Hi, I'm from Ecuador, southamerica, i want to know more about petersen's family my grnqdfarher was from europe but i don't know anymore. My mail is cpetersen20@hotmail.com. I want to know more people from my last name thanks

Zoe Petersen
I'd love to find the family badge, the family crest. :)

Katharine Peterson
Hello there.. I have been doing some look up History of My last name. And I am looking up on my Grandmother's Last name. Which is Carmichael. Indeed by Blood. I have a Sister. My Mom and her bother are Peterson's by blood, by birth. My mom told me that our name comes from Norway, in a few ways. As well as a few other places. She also told me, any Carmichael I find I am very well lolly related to by blood. Her father was a Peterson by blood. Can anyone help me find out more about my family?? She also told me, my last name way spelled a lot like this ''petersen''. Not really sure why.. well thanks

Debora
He was a Pedersen sorry ment to say that

Debora
My great grandfather Eskild came from Denmark in 1872 and settled in New Zealand he married a Margareth Rassmussen in NZ Came from Faske or Velji

Jesse Petersen
I forgot he's name August Petersen Knudsen

Jesse Petersen
Jesse Petersen , my grandfather was born in Denmark, I never met him because he die when my father was 18 years old. After he die they lost all contact. What I been told is he was one the owner of the newspaper Politiken in Copenhagen, how can I find our relatives in Denmark

Jesse Petersen
My name is also Jesse Petersen and my great grandfather was from denmark

Audrey
My birth moms name is Penelope Jean Stickler. Her moms name is Charlotte Peterson and married to a Stickler and first name is Everett.and Charlotte Petersons moms name is Christina Peterson who married to a Pete Peterson. According to my records from social services that it says my birth mothers father is all german (Stickler) and her mom is Dutch, English and German. How can i find that. let me know . i would love know more . i also learned there is a Donald Everett Stickler who has same parents as my birth mom. He passed away in 2008.its so confusing and complicated when u try find more info on birth mothers birth family she was adopted a year old its big possible she kept the same last name . i dont know anyone know these people pls reply me thanks and merry xmas to u all

JPB
My Father was a full blooded Dane. My grandfathers name was Peder Pedersen born 1870. The children born in the US were named Petersen. My greatgrandfather's last name was Pedersen born in Denmark in the mid 1800s. My great great grandfather was named Peder Nielsen, son of Niels born 1817. The daughters were named Nielsdatter, daughter of Niels. I was told that the 'sen' is the Danish (Scandinavian) spelling and the 'son' the English spelling as well as the 'd' being changed to a 't'. Some familys changed to the English spelling and some didn't. The family history goes back to the 1600s and gets alittle confusing with the 1st name of the father becoming the last name of the children. I also know that they came out of Serfdom (peasants) wars, poverty and depressions.

Abuki
I'm a black petersen now i found out my slave owners family tree neat

Donald
I wish I could find more on the Petersen last name. I would like to tell my son one day of his last name and him being the last name sake of the family it is important to me any suggestions? Let me know. Arena2481@yahoo.com

kurt peterson
My grand father had a torrid time of when he first arrived in england as being a scrob as they were wellknown(anyone from scandinavia) so he resulted in back room brawling which he was very successful

kurt peterson
my grandfather came over to manchester and fought in war because he could not stand germans using sweden as holiday ski resort

Brian Petersen
When my grandmothers relatives entered the united states in the late 1800's, they were forced to change their name from Jepson to Gibson due to the rampid descrimination which took place because they were not english. If you were not english and you did not know a trade, you were descriminated against when it comes to getting jobs. My grandmother married my grandfather, Walter Petersen in the 1920's. His family did not change their name due to the fact that they were tradsmen. They were carpenters, cabinet makers and later became mechanics and electricians. They could make their own way and did not have to depend on the english merchants. They probably would have changed to Peterson which was also an english name. The coat of arms was given to the more noble members of society and not the commoners. I have a number of relatives in the US that i do not know with the name Petersen.

Tonia Petersen
Brian my grandfather's name was Walter as well. However; he was born in 1923. But I am still curious, what is your grandmother's name?

J Petersen
Hi, my last name is Petersen, and my great grandfather was swedish too. I'd say since Scandinavian language is so closely related and sen means son in all of them, the likely reason you can't find a coat of arms or historical record for your family is because they weren't nobles.

Brian Petersen
Who was your great grandfather

enrico campher
My great grandfather was John Petersen from Knysna (South Africa) and I stayed as an toddler with his youngest brother Charles Petersen who lived in Humansdorp. I never met my great grandfather because he died in 1929. Charles Petersen was a well known person in the Humansdorp and Jeffreys Bay district and was born on 10 August 1884 and died in 1979. Charles told me when I was about seven years old that his father came from Norway. Are there anymore Petersens from Jeffreys Bay/Humansdorp who can perhaps shed more light on the family origins?

Peder
Hi if your grandmother's name ended in "sen" my guess would be her name comes from Denmark. Danish names usually ends in "sen" and swedish names usually ends in "son".

Isabella
In Scandinavia, they used to put 'son' or 'sen' after the father's first name. For example, the man's name is Lars or Peter. They all become 'Larsen', 'Petersen' or 'Peterson' and so on. Now, there are a lot of people with 'sen' or 'son' last names, but mostly in Scandinavia, where the names originated.