When Dorthea Pedersen was born about December 1765, in Sunds, Lundenæs, Denmark, her father, Peder Jensen, was 39 and her mother, Birthe Knudsdatter, was 36. She married Jens Christensen on 21 May 1793, in Sunds, Hammerum, Ringkøbing, Denmark. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters.
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 .