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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

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

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Patterson is the personal name Patrick.


Historical recordings of the name Patterson include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Patterson, Paterson, Pattersen, Patteson, Pattison and many more.

First found in Ross-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Patterson research. Another 237 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1700, 1604, 1679, 1632, 1708, 1658, 1719, 1706, 1727 and are included under the topic Early Patterson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 87 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Patterson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Patterson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Patterson, or a variant listed above:

Patterson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • David Patterson who settled in Boston in 1651
  • Edward Patterson, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1655
  • Andrew Patterson who settled in New Jersey in 1685
  • Andrew Patterson, who landed in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685

Patterson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Abraham Patterson, who arrived in New England in 1738
  • Elizabeth Patterson, who landed in Virginia in 1740

Patterson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Patterson, aged 33, landed in Louisiana in 1812
  • Dennis Patterson, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
  • Adam Patterson, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
  • Alexander Patterson, aged 60, arrived in North Carolina in 1812
  • Archibald Patterson, aged 25, landed in North Carolina in 1812

Patterson Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Harry Howard Patterson, who landed in Alabama in 1927


  • Clair Cameron Patterson (1922-1995), American geochemist
  • Carly Rae Patterson (b. 1988), American singer and former Olympic gymnast
  • Hank Patterson (1888-1975), American actor and musician
  • Floyd Patterson (1935-2006), American world heavyweight champion boxer
  • John Henry Patterson (1844-1922), American businessman who founded the National Cash Register Company
  • John Tiffen Patterson (1940-2005), American film director
  • William A. "Pat" Patterson (1899-1980), President of United Airlines from 1934 until 1966
  • Frederick Douglass Patterson (1901-1988), American academic, President of what is now Tuskegee University (1935-1953) and founder of the United Negro College Fund (1944), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Daniel Todd Patterson (1786-1839), American officer in the United States Navy during the Quasi-War with France, the First Barbary War and the War of 1812
  • David Andrew Patterson (1947-1977), American computer academic, Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley since 1977



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: Pro Rege et grege
Motto Translation: For King and people.


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