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

Patrick is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the given name Patrick. It was largely as a result of the fame of the 5th century Romano British saint of this name that Patrick was such a popular given name in the Middle Ages. It derives from the Latin Patricus, meaning the son of a noble father, a member of the patrician class, and a member of the Roman hereditary aristocracy.

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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, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Patrick include Patrick, Patryck, Partick and others.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Patrick research. Another 345 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 15 K, 1160, 1201, 1211, 1626, 1707, 1679 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Patrick History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Patrick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Patrick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Patricks to arrive on North American shores:

Patrick Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Daniel Patrick settled in Salem in 1630
  • Daniel Patrick and his wife settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Daniel Patrick, who landed in New England in 1630
  • Thomas Patrick landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Patrick settled in Virginia in 1635


Patrick Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Samuel Patrick, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Owen Patrick, who arrived in Virginia in 1712
  • Matthew Patrick, who landed in New England in 1724
  • Robart Patrick, who arrived in North Carolina in 1748
  • William Patrick, who arrived in North Carolina in 1748


Patrick Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Nancy Patrick, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Jane Patrick, aged 18, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Robert Patrick, who landed in Maryland in 1819
  • Thomas Patrick, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1830
  • Marco Patrick, aged 26, arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1845


Patrick Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Douglas Patrick, who arrived in Alabama in 1919

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  • William C. Patrick (1926-2010), American microbiologist
  • John Patrick (1905-1995), American playwright and screenwriter awarded the 1954 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • Ruth Myrtle Patrick (1907-2013), American botanist and limnologist specializing in diatoms and freshwater ecology, recipient of the National Medal of Science in 1996 and the Heinz Award Chairman's Medal in 2002
  • Jerome Patrick (1883-1923), New Zealand born American stage and film actor
  • Danica Sue Patrick (b. 1982), American auto racing driver, model and advertising spokeswoman
  • Deval Laurdine Patrick (b. 1956), American politician, civil rights lawyer and business executive, 71st Governor of Massachusetts
  • Craig Patrick (b. 1946), former American hockey player, coach and general manager, the son of Lynn Patrick
  • Laurdine Kenneth "Pat" Patrick (1929-1991), American Jazz musician, father of Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts
  • Ben Patrick (b. 1984), American NFL football tight end
  • Gail Patrick (1911-1980), born Margaret LaVelle Fitzpatrick, an American film actress and producer

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  • Patrick's Corner by Sean Patrick.
  • Precious Bonds by S.J. Patrick.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ora et labora
Motto Translation: Pray and work.

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