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Origins of the Peterson surname

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About the Petersons

We have a total number of 74939 records for people with the last name Peterson.

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Where do most Petersons live?

In 1921, most Petersons lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Petersons

How common is your surname?

You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 15,800 records for the Peterson surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Petersons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Peterson first names?

  • John
  • Peter
  • Mary
  • Anna

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Common jobs for Petersons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Petersons in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant




Common Male occupations for Petersons in 1921
Farm Hands


Semiskilled Chauffeurs And Drivers


General Farmers




Able Seaman


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