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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.
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.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pate research. Another 252 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1528 is included under the topic Early Pate History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Pate Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Pate 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.
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
Pate Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Pate Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Pate Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Pate Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pate Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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