Patchen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Patchen is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Patchen family lived in Essex. The name, however, is a reference to Pasci, in Eure, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Patchen family

The surname Patchen was first found in Essex but the family were originally from Pasci in Eure, Normandy and were granted lands in Essex by Henry, Duke of Normandy through Robert, Earl of Leicester, at Much and Great Baddow. While the surname was firmly established in this are for many years, searching various rolls for the surname revealed a John Pascal in the Assize Rolls of Warwickshire in 1221, and a William Pascale in 1275 in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire.

Early History of the Patchen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Patchen research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1361, 1333 and 1347 are included under the topic Early Patchen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Patchen Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Pascall, Paschall, Pascale, Pascal, Paschal, Pascoll and many more.

Early Notables of the Patchen family (pre 1700)

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United States Patchen migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Patchen or a variant listed above:

Patchen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A Patchen, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Patchen (post 1700) +

  • William T. Patchen, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bethel, 1904, 1922 [2]
  • Levi Patchen, American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from St. Joseph County, 1848 [2]
  • Farman Patchen, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Woodbury, 1839 [2]
  • David Patchen, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Weston, 1835-37, 1839 [2]
  • A. L. Patchen, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 20th District, 1871 [2]

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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