Today's generation of the Paten family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Paten 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 Paten family
The surname Paten 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 Paten family
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Paten Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Paten were recorded, including Patten, Paten and others.
Early Notables of the Paten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Paten family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Paten arrived in North America very early:
Paten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- George Paten, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1812 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- James Paten, aged 38, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1892
Paten Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Anna H. Paten, aged 46, who landed in America, in 1909
- Robert Paten, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1917
- Elizabeth Alice Paten, aged 40, who settled in America from London, England, in 1919
- John Paten, aged 43, who emigrated to America, in 1920
- Paul Paten, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1920
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Paten Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Paten, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Ostrich" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Saturday 22nd July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Ostrich 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ostrich1854.shtml
The Paten 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.