At a family reunion dinner attended by all the aunts and uncles, a six-year-old son asks his father,

“Dad, are bugs good to eat?”

“That’s disgusting. Don’t say things like that at dinner,” the dad says.

After dinner the father asks, “Now, son, what did you want to ask?”

“Nothing,” the boy says. “There was a brown bug in your soup, but it’s gone.”

Let us talk about the Pearson family.

The Pearson family includes all those families with similar spellings: Pierson, Piersone, Piersonne, Peirsoun, Pieressone, Perysoun and Person. And into this mix we might add Peterson, Pierce and Pearse. The English origin of the name came from Pier’s son, ie. the son of Piers, the French spelling of Peter. As spelling was Anglicized, the name became Peterson.

The first written example of the name Pearson goes to a Scot, Walter or, as it was then spelled, Wautier Pieresoune, recorded in 1226 in the Ragman’s Roll as Pledging Allegiance to the English King Edward I. HIs name was variously spelled as Wautier, Waltero, Walter, and Pieresonne, Personne, Persoun, Del Counte de Berewyk (Count of Berewyk, present day Berwick-upon-Tweed).

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