The ancient name of Paternoster finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a person who created rosaries and chaplets. The surname Paternoster originally derived from the Old English word paternoster
which was used a verb in the opening line of the Latin version of the Lord's Prayer. Paternoster referred to a bead in a rosary. Occupational
names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational
names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational
suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.
Early Origins of the Paternoster family
The surname Paternoster was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Paternoster family
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Paternoster Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Paternoster family name include Paternoster, Patternoster and others.
Early Notables of the Paternoster family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Paternoster family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Paternoster surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
Paternoster Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Abraham Paternoster, who settled in Virginia in 1651
- Abra Paternoster, who landed in Virginia in 1651 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)
Paternoster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Joseph and Catherine Paternoster, who settled in Maryland in 1731
Paternoster Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Paternoster, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/omega1852.shtml
- John Paternoster, aged 36, a engineer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"
- George Gladding Paternoster, aged 14, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"
Contemporary Notables of the name Paternoster (post 1700)
- Marissa Paternoster, American artist, singer and guitarist
- Francis R. Paternoster, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Delaware County, 1938; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1960, 1964 (alternate) CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Richard Paternoster (1802-1892), English civil servant in the East India Company, founder of the Alleged Lunatics' Friend Society, an organisation that exposed abuses in lunatic asylums and campaigned for the reform of the lunacy laws
- Jim Paternoster (b. 1875), Australian rules footballer
- Fernando Paternoster (1903-1967), Argentine footballer and manager