The name Pat is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from the baptismal name for Patrick.
In the religious naming tradition the Pat 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 Pat family
The surname Pat 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.
Early History of the Pat family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pat research.Another 252 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1528 is included under the topic Early Pat History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pat Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Pat include Pate, Pait, Pat, Patt and others.
Early Notables of the Pat family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Pat family to Ireland
Some of the Pat family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 111 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pat family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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..