The Patersant family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland
. The name Patersant is derived from the personal name Patrick.
Early Origins of the Patersant family
The surname Patersant was first found in Ross-shire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland
, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross. The ancestral home of the Clan
Pheadirean (Patersons) was on the north side of Lochfyne. Moving from the Gaelic into English spellings resulted in the typical wide range of surname spellings. By example, William Patrison and John Patonson, a 'gentillmen,' were witnesses in Aberdeen in 1446, Donald Patyrson was admitted burgess of Aberdeen in 1494, Robert Patersoun was 'capitane of ane were schip of Dundee' in 1544, Fyndlay Patersoun had a tack of the lands of Owar Elrik from the Abbey of Cupar in 1557, and so on. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Patersant family
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Patersant Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Patersant has appeared in various documents spelled Patterson, Paterson, Pattersen, Patteson, Pattison and many more.
Early Notables of the Patersant family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was John Paterson (1604-1679), Bishop of Ross; John Paterson (1632-1708), the last Archbishop of Glasgow, Bishop of Galloway
, Bishop of Edinburgh; and William Pattison (1706-1727), an English poet.
Sir William Paterson (1658-1719), a Scottish trader and banker, one of the founders of the Bank... Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Patersant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Patersant family to Ireland
Some of the Patersant family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Patersant family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Patersant or a variant listed above: Andrew and David Paterson who were banished to Georgia in 1685; James Paterson who settled in New Hampshire
in 1718; David Patterson who settled in Boston in 1651.
The Patersant 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: Pro Rege et grege
Motto Translation: For King and people.