The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Patan family lived in Essex
. The name, however, is a reference to Patin, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Patan family
The surname Patan was first found in Essex
, where Richard Patten, son and heir of Richard Patten was of Patine, or Patten, near Chelmsford in 1119. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The Pattens of Bank Hill, county Lancaster claim lineal descent from this family. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Later some of the family became well established at Wainfleet in Lincolnshire
. "A free grammar school was founded in 1424, by William Patten, generally known as William of Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester, lord high chancellor of England
in the reign of Henry VI., and founder of Magdalen College, Oxford." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Patan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Patan research.Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1398, 1486, 1447, 1486, 1456, 1460, 1486, 1395, 1486, 1548, 1580, 1536, 1666, 1630, 1635, 1714 and 1790 are included under the topic Early Patan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Patan Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Patten, Paten and others.
Early Notables of the Patan family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Paten or Pattyn (d. 1486), Bishop of Winchester. His son, William of Wainfleet (1395-1486) was Bishop of Winchester, Lord Chancellor of England, and founder of Magdalen College, Oxford.
William Patten ( fl.
1548-1580) was historian and teller of the exchequer, was eldest son... Another 96 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Patan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Patan family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Patan or a variant listed above: William Patten, who settled in Cambridge Mass in 1630; Richard Patten, who arrived in Barbados in 1654; James Patten, who came to Barbados in 1685; Captain Patten, who arrived at Boston in 1768.
The Patan Motto
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: Nulla pallescere culpa
Motto Translation: To turn pale from no crime.