Patchett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Patchett family name to the British Isles. They lived in Oxfordshire. The name, however, is a reference to Pachet, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Some of the family remained in Normandy as seen by this entry: "William Pachet, Normandy 1180." [1]

Early Origins of the Patchett family

The surname Patchett was first found in Oxfordshire and Derbyshire. Mickleover, Derbyshire was an early homestead of the family. "The manor was given, with Findern, Littleover, and Potlac, by William the Conqueror, to Burton Abbey; Henry VIII. granted these manors to Sir William Paget." [2] Presumably the same Sir William was granted estates in Aston-Upon-Trent. "The manor was granted after the Reformation to Sir William Paget." [2]

Early History of the Patchett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Patchett research. Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1547, 1551, 1617, 1575, 1647, 1645, 1506, 1563, 1540, 1590, 1572, 1629, 1612, 1609, 1678, 1615, 1679, 1637, 1713, 1689, 1692, 1692, 1701, 1632, 1639, 1664 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Patchett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Patchett Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Paget, Pagit, Pagitt, Pagett, Pagget, Paggett and others.

Early Notables of the Patchett family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Eusebius Pagit (Pagett) (1551?-1617), an English nonconformist clergyman; and his son, Ephraim Pagit (Pagitt) (c.1575–1647), an English clergyman and heresiographer, best known for his Heresiography of 1645; William Paget, 1st Baron Paget of Beaudesert (1506-1563), an English statesman and accountant who held positions in the service of Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I; Thomas...
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Ireland Migration of the Patchett family to Ireland

Some of the Patchett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Patchett migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Patchett or a variant listed above:

Patchett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Arthur Patchett, aged 47, who settled in America from London, in 1897
  • Charles Patchett, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Kirton, in 1898
Patchett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frank Patchett, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from Bradford, England, in 1906
  • Lilie Patchett, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Bradford, England, in 1906
  • Emily Patchett, aged 34, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Mary Patchett, aged 48, who settled in America from Tattersall, England, in 1911
  • John Patchett, aged 58, who landed in America from Tattersall, England, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Patchett migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Patchett Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Harold Patchett, aged 26, who immigrated to Lethbridge, Canada, in 1914

Australia Patchett migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Patchett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Patchett, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
  • Elizabeth Patchett, aged 58, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"

New Zealand Patchett 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:

Patchett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Patchett, British travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th January1869 [3]
  • Mrs. Patchett, British travelling from London with 9 family members aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th January1869 [3]
  • Mr. Patchett, Jr., British travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th January1869 [3]
  • Mrs. Patchett, Jr., British travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th January1869 [3]
  • Joseph Patchett, aged 28, a farm labourer, who arrived in Malborough aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Patchett (post 1700) +

  • Jean Patchett (1926-2002), American leading fashion model of the late 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s; she appeared on over 40 magazine covers
  • Ann Patchett (b. 1963), American author who received the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2002 for her novel Bel Canto, awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship
  • John Patchett (1797-1876), English-born, early American wine grower, the first person to plant a commercial vineyard and build a commercial wine cellar in the Napa Valley
  • Randy Patchett, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 22nd District, 1986 [4]
  • Terry Patchett (1940-1996), English politician, Member of the United Kingdom Parliament for Barnsley East (1983-1996)
  • William Patchett (d. 1843), English-born, New Zealand soldier who died in the Wairau Massacre in 1843
  • George William Patchett, British motorcycle racer and engineer who developed a new sub-machine gun in 1942 named "Patchett Machine Carbine" for the British Army
  • Katrina Patchett (b. 1986), Australian professional ballroom dancer
  • Alfred Patchett Warbrick (1860-1940), New Zealand boatbuilder, rugby player and tourist guide from Matata

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. George Patchett (d. 1912), aged 19, English Third Class passenger from Wollaston, Northamptonshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [5]


The Patchett 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: Per il suo contrario
Motto Translation: By its reverse.


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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