Show ContentsPaden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Paden derived from the Scottish Gaelic Paidin and is a "pet or diminutive form of Padruig, 'little Pat' or 'Paddy'," which in turn is derived from the name Patrick. In Latin, the name is Padinus. [1]

Early Origins of the Paden family

The surname Paden was first found in Dumfriesshire where the first entries are in the Latin form: " Padinus filius Kerkau, 'aput corrukes,' was one of the witnesses to the Diuise de Stobbo, c. 1190. Padinus, prepositus, witnessed an undated charter of three acres of Karruderes by Walter del Bois. Patin Mac Gillenef is in record in the reign of William the Lion, and Padyn, a chaplain, who witnessed a charter of confirmation by the Chapter of Dunblane, c. 1235, is doubtless Padin, presbyter of Mothel (Muthill) who appears in 1239. "[1]

Early History of the Paden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paden research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1235, 1376, 1472, 1570, 1572, 1590, 1599, 1605, 1626, 1648, 1663, 1666, 1670, 1671, 1686 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Paden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Paden Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Padyn, Padian, Padgen, Padine, Paddon and others.

Early Notables of the Paden family

Notable amongst the family at this time was Alexander Peden (1626-1686), also known as Prophet Peden, one of the leading forces in the Covenanter movement. He "was born in or about 1626, according to some at the farm of Auchencloich, Ayrshire, and according to others in a small cottage near Sorn Castle, Ayrshire. In any case his father was in fairly good circumstances, being on close terms with the Boswells, lairds of Auchinleck. Peden attended the university of Glasgow; his name spelt Peathine is entered in the fourth class in 1648." [2]After the Restoration of Charles II, Peden had to leave...
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Paden Ranking

In the United States, the name Paden is the 12,361st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Paden family to Ireland

Some of the Paden 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 and printed products wherever possible.


United States Paden migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Paden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C. Paden, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850
  • J A Paden, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • George M Paden, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1877 [4]
  • Patrick Paden, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1896 [4]

New Zealand Paden migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Paden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Catherine Paden, (b. 1854), aged 24, Irish general servant from Leitrim departing on 10th August 1878 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th November 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Paden (post 1700) +

  • Robert B. Paden, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of DeKalb County Democratic Party, 1967
  • Clifton Paden (1874-1956), birth name of John Emerson, American stage actor, playwright, producer, and director of silent films, president of the Actors' Equity Association (1920 to 1928)
  • Cline Rex Paden (1919-2007), prominent American Churches of Christ evangelist and missionary
  • Paden Hoyd, American actor, known for Never Again, Reject-Men (2017) and The Poorest Man in the World (2017)
  • Paden Tolbert (1863-1904), 19th-century American law enforcement officer and railroad agent


  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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