When Espen Pedersen was born on 4 August 1856, in Fårdrup, Korsør, Denmark, his father, Peder Espensen, was 34 and his mother, Trine Petersen, was 32. He lived in Fårdrup, Vester Flakkebjerg, Sorø, Denmark in 1860.
Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Erik, Lars, Niels, Bjorn, Knud, Nils, Anders, Jorgen, Egil, Einer, Knut, Peer.
Norwegian and Danish: patronymic from the personal name Peder (see Peter ). This surname is also found in northern Germany. Compare Petersen 2 and Peterson 1.
English: variant of Peterson .