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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.

Paternoster Early Origins



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.

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Paternoster Spelling Variations


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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.

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Paternoster Early History


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Paternoster Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paternoster research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1695 and 1736 are included under the topic Early Paternoster History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Paternoster Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Paternoster Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Paternoster Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Paternoster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph and Catherine Paternoster, who came to Maryland in 1731

Paternoster Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Paternoster, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • John Paternoster, aged 36, a engineer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"
  • George Gladding Paternoster, aged 14, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Paternoster (post 1700)


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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)
  • 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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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    The Paternoster Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Paternoster 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.

    This page was last modified on 14 January 2016 at 10:53.

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