When David Peterson was born on 1 October 1676, in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, John Peterson, was 40 and his mother, Mary Soule, was 32. He died on 30 September 1760, in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Myles Standish Burying Ground, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.
English, Scottish, and German: patronymic from the personal name Peter . In North America, this surname has absorbed various cognates and their derivatives from other languages, e.g. Norwegian and Danish Pedersen and Pettersen and their Swedish cognates (see 2 below), Polish Piotrowicz , Slovenian Petrič, Petrovčič, and Petrovič (see Petric , Petrovic ).
Americanized form (and a less common Swedish variant) of Swedish Petersson, a cognate of 1 above, and also of its variant Pettersson . Compare 1 above.