Patterson Name Origin, Meaning and Family History

Patterson Name Meaning: A patronymic variant from the pet form 'Pate',short form of 'Patrick'. 'Son of Patrick'.

This name is of the 'Patrician' class (of noble origin),popularity due to St.Patrick the 'apostle'. Emma Anne Paterson (1848-1886)founded the womens protective & provident league in 1874.

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Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Patterson Surname Statistics

Top Professions for the Patterson family

Profession Census Frequency
Female Servant 144
Agricultural Labourer 97
Independent 95
Coal Miner 65
Labourer 53
Male Servant 48
Farmer 33
Shoe Maker 32
Mariner 32
Tailor 26
Dress Maker 22
Pupil 20
Blacksmith 19
Gardener 16
Joiner 15
Engineer 15
Painter 15
Clerk 14
Weaver 14
Pauper 14
Mason 13
Butcher 12
Ag Labourer 11
Stone Mason 9
Baker 9

Patterson Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 Patterson 100% 56,822
2 Paterson 89% 16,154
3 Petterson 89% 1,628
4 Potterson 89% 515

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The surname Patterson is the most popular version of all its varients

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