Boy name origins & meanings
- Latin : Rock, stone
Boy name variations
Family name origins & meanings
- English, Scottish, and German : patronymic from Peter.
- Americanized form of similar surnames of non-English origin (such as Petersen, or Swedish Pettersson).
- In VT, there are Petersons who were originally called by the French name Beausoleil; in some documentation this was translated fairly literally as Prettysun, which was then assimilated to Peterson.