When Alexander Peters was born in 1859, in Bradford Township, Clearfield, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, John S Peters Jr, was 44 and his mother, Sarah Hoover, was 36.
English, Scottish, Dutch, and North German: patronymic from the personal name Peter . This surname (mainly of German origin) is also found in Sweden, Denmark, France (Alsace and Lorraine), and some other European countries. In North America it has absorbed various cognates and their derivatives from other languages, such as Albanian Pjetraj and Pjetrushi, patronymics from the personal name Pjetër ‘Peter’ and its pet form Pjetrush; see also below and also examples at Peterson .
Irish: Anglicized form (translation) of Gaelic Mac Pheadair ‘son of Peter’.
Americanized form of Dutch and North German Pieters .