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This is a patronymic surname in that it derives from the personal name Peter. The suffix 's' placed at the end therefore changes the meaning to 'son of Peter'.

It became popular in Britain due to its associations with the Bible and with St Peter the apostle, and became more evident during the 12 century as a given name after pilgrims and the Crusader knights returned from the Holy Land.

The name derives from the Greek word 'petros', meaning a rock, and was also popular in Germany and the Netherlands. Variations of the surname include Peterson and Petersen.

In England, hereditary surnames such as Peters and Peterson became established by around 1400, but in Wales fixed such surnames did not become evident until much later, between the 16th and 19th centuries depending on where in the country the families lived. It is not among the most common of Welsh patronymic surnames, but it appears mostly on the early records relating to the Welsh counties of Flintshire, Monmouthshire and, to a lesser extent, Montgomeryshire.


British Family Names: Their Origin and Meaning (1903) by Henry Barber

Surnames of the United Kingdom (1912) by Henry Harrison

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Wynneth (Peters) Mullins

I know very little about my Peters ancestors. There were only 3 Peters generations before me in the US. My grandfather Claude had a twin sister named Maude. My father's name was also Claude and my brother was Claude Peters Jr. The Peters family has lived in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas over the years. My name is Wynneth Faye (Peters) Mullins. My maiden name is Peters. I know very little about the Peters family. I do know that my 3x great grand parents are Michael (20 Sep. 1796, Offerlane, Laois, Ireland) and (Seram) Sally (Egan) Peters (22 May 1807, Drum, Roscommon, Ireland). They lived in Tipperary. Their 4 children Lucy (12 Nov. 1832), John (22 Mar. 1835), James (10 July 1837) and Thomas Peters (18 Jan. 1839) were born in the years between 1832 – 1839 and were baptized in the Roman Catholic Church, Dovea, Drom & Inch, Tipperary, Ireland. St Mary's Catholic Church in Drom was built in 1829 for Friar Thomas Mullaney, whose name is inscribed over the front door. I have found the information of each child’s baptism in this church. I believe that the parents of Michael is William and Sally (McEvoy) Peters. And I believe the parents of Sally Egan are David and Sally (Sara or Seram) (Jackson) Egan and I believe Sally had 7 brothers and sisters total. Sally Peters born 22 May 1807 in Ireland. Thomas Peters was born 18 January 1839 in Ireland. The relationship between Sally and Thomas is mother and son. They sailed from Liverpool, England to the Castle Garden, the Port of New York on the Ship: The Shamrock. Both listed as servants in the ship register. They were listed as Passenger #188 Sally Peters, age 48. #189 Thomas Peters, age 17. The voyage left Liverpool, England 15 May 1856 and arrived in New York 9 June 1856. The next information is that Thomas came to Texas and married Mary Elizabeth Hogland or Hoagland in Paris, Lamar County, Texas on 05 August 1859. Thomas was in the United States 3 years before he married Mary. I wonder how they met and if they knew each other before Thomas arrived in the US. I have never found Sally Peters in the US. I don’t know if she brought Thomas here and then went back to Ireland or if she stayed in the US and perhaps married someone. I have so much history about our family from the time Thomas and his mother came to the US and up to now. I would love to share all this information with you if you would only let me know about you and the family that stayed in Ireland or where ever they moved to. Please contact me. I would love to know all about the family that stayed in Europe. Thank you.


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