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Patterson Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: variant of Patrickson ‘son of Patrick ’ which was either shortened to Patrison and metathesized to Patterson or shortened from Paterickson to Patterson. Irish: in Ulster this name is of English or Scottish origin but in County Galway it was also taken by bearers of the Gaelic name Ó Caisín ‘descendant of the little curly-headed one’ (from Gaelic casín ‘curly’) which is usually Anglicized as Cussane. In addition to the confusion between Irish Gaelic casín ‘curly’ and cosán ‘path’ there has also been an erroneous assumption that the English name Patterson is somehow derived from the English word path. English: 19th-century variant of Patteson a shortened form of Pattinson .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Catterson, Watterson, Paterson, Patteson, Anderson, Batterson

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You can see how Patterson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Patterson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Patterson families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,976 Patterson families living in Northumberland. This was about 24% of all the recorded Patterson's in United Kingdom. Northumberland had the highest population of Patterson families in 1891.
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What did your Patterson ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Patterson. 11% of Patterson men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Patterson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Patterson were Insurance Agent and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Colliery Hewer
  • Insurance Agent

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Servant
  • Housewife
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There are 218,000 military records available for the last name Patterson. For the veterans among your Patterson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Patterson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Patterson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Patterson in 1940 was 38, and 73 in 2004.

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