Of all the surnames which derive from the saints and disciples of the Christian church, 'Petros' meaning 'The rock' has provided the world with the greatest number of both given names and the later medieval surnames. In their different spellings ranging from Peter, Pieter, and Pierre, to patronymics Peterson, Peters, Peres, Perez, Peers, and even the Armenian Bedrosian, to diminutives such as Poschel, Piotrek, Petrenko, and Pietrusska, there are estimated to be over seven hundred spellings. At least one form appears as a popular surname in every European country. The original name was Greek, and Christ chose Peter to be 'the rock' on which the church was to be founded. The name became very popular in Europe following the twelve 'crusades' of the early medieval period, when various kings sought to free the Holy Land. Thereafter the name spread to every country, replacing the original 'local' names. Early examples of the surname recording taken from authentic registers in both Europe and the Americas include Luke Petre of London, England, in 1282, William Petres of Somerset, England, in 1327, Andres Guillen Perez, at Aguaron, Zaragoza, Spain, on December 7th 1565, Martina Josepha Perez, of Santa Catarina, Mexico, on December 23rd 1775, and Antonio Diego Peres, who married Maria Ysabel Yorba, at San Gabriel, Los Angeles, on January 4th 1864. The blazon of the coat of arms is very distinctive. It has a red field charged with a chross flory between four fleur de lis, all gold. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ralph Peter, which was dated 1195, in the pipe rolls of the county of Hertford, during the reign of King Richard 1st of England, known as 'Lion-heart', 1189 - 1199. 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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  • Peterson, IA — U.S. city in Iowa Population (2000): 372 Housing Units (2000): 200 Land area (2000): 0.307807 sq. miles (0.797216 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.307807 sq. miles (0.797216 sq. km) FIPS code:… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Peterson, MN — U.S. city in Minnesota Population (2000): 269 Housing Units (2000): 118 Land area (2000): 0.482543 sq. miles (1.249781 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.021963 sq. miles (0.056883 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.504506 sq. miles (1.306664 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Peterson — Peterson,   1) Axel, genannt Döderhultaren, schwedischer Holzschnitzer, * Döderhult (bei Oskarshamn) 12. 12. 1868, ✝ Oskarshamn 15. 3. 1925; Autodidakt, suchte in seinen kleinformatigen Holzskulpturen (meist Bauern und Kleinstädter) die… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Peterson — (Petri), 1) Olaf, geb. 1497 in Örebro; studirte unter Luther in Wittenberg, verfaßte auf dem schwedischen Reichstage 1529 die Schlüsse, durch welche die Reformation in Schweden eingeführt wurde, u. übersetzte die Bibel ins Schwedische; er wurde… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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