When William Pettinger Richardson was born on 7 June 1832, in Candlesby, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Mathias Richardson, was 33 and his mother, Eleanor Matilda Pettinger, was 27. He married Theresa Rebecca Whiston on 9 July 1859, in Islington, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Louth, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom in 1851 and London, Middlesex, England for about 10 years. He died on 30 January 1874, at the age of 41.
English: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Richard + -son. This surname is also very common among African Americans. Compare Ritson .
Americanized form (and a Swedish variant) of Swedish Richardsson or Rikardsson: patronymic from the personal name Richard , Rikard.
Americanized form of Norwegian and Danish Richardsen or Norwegian Rikardsen, cognates of 2 above.