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What does Peterson mean?

Peterson Pronunciation of Peterson [pe-ter-son] as a boys' name is of Greek origin, and the name Peterson means "rock". Peterson is an alternate spelling of Peter (Greek): version of Petros.

Associated with: greek, rock.


2 relations via Peter: Petros and Petrov.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Peterson Javon (P.J.), ..

How popular is Peterson?

Peterson is a rare given name for men but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#63 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. The only prominent varying form of Peterson (not ranked) appearing in the Top 2000 is Peter (#206 in recent rankings). Other variants, like Petros, are seldom used. This relation of Peterson was popular 65 years ago (#39) and has become significantly less common since (#206, 80.2%), with Peter becoming less in vogue. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Peter in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Peter outside U.S.

Similar Names

Peterson is pronounced similarly to Paterson and Patterson. Other recommended names are Abelson, Aeson, Aileron, Aleron, Algernon, Anderson, Atherton, Auberron, Bergeron, Berton, Cimeron, Deekon, Delron, Denison, Dennyson, Deveon, Devron, Emerson, Estevon, Everton, Ferron, Gershon, Gerson, Greyson, Hedeon, Henderson, Hermon, Hewson, Jameson, Jefferson, Jepherson, Jeron, Kieron, Lebron, Leeron, Meirion, Neillson (see Nelson), Nelson, Oberon, Oeberon, Palmerston, Parson, Parsons, Parton, Pattison, Pearson, Pearsson, Peder, Pedro, Peer, Pembrook, Peregrin, Person, Persons, Pete, Peverall (see Peverell), Peverel, Peyton, Piers, Pierson, Piersson, Pieter, Robeson, Sanderson, Somerton, Stetson, Stevenson, Teron, Terron, Theron, Therron, Urson and Vernon. These names tend to be more commonly used than Peterson.

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