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Where did the English Pat family come from? What is the English Pat family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pat family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pat family history?

The name Pat is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name for Patrick. In the religious naming tradition the Pat surname was bestowed in honor of a religious figure. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the Middle English word "pate" which meant "head" or "skull". In this latter case, the name would have been a nickname.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Pat include Pate, Pait, Pat, Patt and others.

First found in Cambridgeshire, where one of the first records of the name was Walter Patte who was listed in the Hundred Rolls of 1273. The Yorkshire Poll Tax records of 1379 list the following: Willelmus Payt, and Cecilia Payt (who we presume are related); and Johannes Patte.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pat research. Another 252 words(18 lines of text) covering the year 1528 is included under the topic Early Pat History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Pat Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Pat family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 111 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Richard Pate, who settled in Virginia in 1636; as did William Pate in 1637; John Pate in 1651; Henry and Catherine Pate in 1656; and Elizabeth Pate in 1663..

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The Pat Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pat Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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