peterson coat of arms

Peterson Family Crest / Peterson Coat of Arms

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Where did the Scottish Peterson family come from? What is the Scottish coat of arms/family crest? When did the Peterson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Peterson has appeared Peterson, Petersone, Petterson, Piterson and others.First found in Aberdeenshire where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Peterson: Cornelius Peterson who settled in Maryland in 1674; Evor Peterson settled in Virginia in 1653; Henry Peterson settled in Virginia in 1622; Neale Peterson settled in Virginia in 1653.

Motto Translated: Nothing without God.

Suggested Readings for the name Peterson

    * From Norway to North America: the Descendants in Canada and the United Stated of Olaf and Caroline Pederson who came from Norway about 1867 to Manitoba and North Dakota by Jean E. Peterson.
Some noteworthy people of the name Peterson

    * Val Peterson, American Governor of the U.S. state of Nebraska
    * Alexander Peterson, Oxford University
    * Sir Arthur Peterson, Home Office
    * Colin Peterson, Ecclesiastic
    * John Peterson, Scholar
    * David Peterson, Premier of Ontario
    * Lynn Peterson, Mayor of the City of Thunder Bay, Ontario
    * Oscar Peterson (1925-2007), Canadian jazz pianist and composer
    * Donald H Peterson (b. 1923), United States Air Force officer and a former USAF and NASA astronaut
    * Michael Peterson (b. 1957), Australian surfer
    * Rev. M F Peterson,
    * Staff Sergeant George Peterson, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
    * Chief Watertender Oscar Verner Peterson, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1942

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