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

The roots of the Patel surname reach back to the language of the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The Patel surname comes from someone having lived any of several place names in England, such as Battle in Sussex. Contrary to what one would expect, the name is not a nickname or occupational name derived from the word battle.

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Spelling variations are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Patel has been spelled Battle, Battell, Battel, Battaile, Battail and others.

First found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, Scotland.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Patel research. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1400, 1649 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Patel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Patel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Patel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence, those who remained loyal to England traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Patel: Elizabeth Battle who settled in Virginia in 1654; Matthew Battle settled in Virginia in 1647; John settled there in 1654; Thomas in 1652; another Thomas settled in Massachusetts in 1635.

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The Patel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Patel 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.

This page was last modified on 23 September 2013 at 12:40.

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