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The history of the name McPhate begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name for Patrick. In the religious naming tradition the McPhate 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.

Early Origins of the McPhate family


The surname McPhate was first found in Cambridgeshire, where one of the first records of the name was Walter Patte who was listed in the Hundredorum 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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Early History of the McPhate family

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Early History of the McPhate family


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McPhate Spelling Variations

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McPhate Spelling Variations


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. McPhate has been recorded under many different variations, including Pate, Pait, Pat, Patt and others.

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Early Notables of the McPhate family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the McPhate family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McPhate family to Ireland

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Migration of the McPhate family to Ireland


Some of the McPhate family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McPhate family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the McPhate family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McPhate or a variant listed above: 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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Contemporary Notables of the name McPhate (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McPhate (post 1700)


  • Christian McPhate, American English professor at Midwestern State University
  • Scott McPhate, American visual effects artist, known for his work on The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • The Very Reverend Gordon Ferguson McPhate (b. 1950), British academic, Dean of Chester (2002-)

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