Pate History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Pate family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the baptismal name for Patrick. In the religious naming tradition the Pate 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 Pate family
The surname Pate 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 Pate family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pate research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1528, 1516, 1588, 1588, 1688, 1565, 1533, 1666, 1746, 1734, 1557, 1585 and 1652 are included under the topic Early Pate History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pate Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Pate include Pate, Pait, Pat, Patt and others.
Early Notables of the Pate family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Richard Pate (1516-1588), English founder of the Cheltenham grammar school, commonly described as of Minsterworth, Gloucestershire. Pate died on 28 Oct. 1588, in his seventy-third year, and was buried in the south transept of Gloucester Cathedral, where his monument was renewed by Corpus Christi College in 1688.
Richard Pate or Pates (d. 1565), was an English prelate, Bishop of Worcester, son...
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pate Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
In the United States, the name Pate is the 930th most popular surname with an estimated 32,331 people with that name.  However, in France, the name Pate is ranked the 3,112nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. 
Migration of the Pate family to Ireland
Some of the Pate 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.
| Pate migration to the United States ||+|
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Pate were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Pate Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Pate, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 
- William Pate, who settled in Virginia in 1637
- John Pate, who settled in Virginia in 1651
- Henry and Catherine Pate, who settled in Virginia in 1656
- Henry Pate, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 
- ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Pate Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jacob Salt Pate, aged 50, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736 
| Pate migration to Canada ||+|
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Pate Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Thomas Pate, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
- Mary Pate, aged 13, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
| Pate migration to Australia ||+|
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Pate Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. Reuben Pate, British Convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 
- Mr. John Pate, (b. 1811), aged 21, English labourer who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life for coining, transported aboard the "England"on 31st March 1832, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 
- Mr. John Pate, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancastershire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 
- C. Pate, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849 
| Pate 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:
Pate Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Miss Elizabeth Frances Pate, (b. 1843), aged 17, British domestic servant travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1860 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Pate (post 1700) ||+|
- Page Pate (1967-2022), American attorney and legal commentator, founding member of the Georgia Innocence Project and frequently provided legal commentary to CNN and the New York Times
- Joseph William Pate (1892-1948), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics 1926 to 1927
- Robert Wayne "Bob" Pate (b. 1953), American Major League Baseball outfielder for the Montreal Expos from 1980 to 1981
- Joshua Warren "Josh" Pate (b. 1970), American screenwriter, director and producer
- Tom Pate (1953-1976), American CFL linebacker who died at the age of 23 after hitting his head on the stadium turf during a game, eponym of the Tom Pate Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service
- John W. "Johnny" Pate (b. 1923), American jazz bassist from Chicago
- David Pate (b. 1962), American former professional tennis player who attained the World No. 1 doubles ranking in January 1991
- Danny Pate (b. 1979), American professional bicycle racer
- Stephen Robert Pate (b. 1961), American professional PGA golfer
- Jerome Kendrick "Jerry" Pate (b. 1953), American PGA golfer with 8 PGA wins
- ... (Another 27 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
|Suggested Readings for the name Pate ||+|
- "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
- 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)
- Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
- Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 26th April 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/england
- Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 23rd August 2020 from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie
- State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CALPHURNIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Calpurnia.htm
- New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html