Paton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Paton is a Scottish topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The Paton family lived at the manor of Patton in the English county of Shropshire before moving north to Scotland.

Early Origins of the Paton family

The surname Paton was first found in Shropshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Paton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paton research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1582, 1596, 1650, 1700, 1684 and are included under the topic Early Paton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Paton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Patton, Pattin, Paton, Patin and others.

Early Notables of the Paton family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was James Paton (d. 1596), Scottish prelate, Bishop of Dunkeld, descended from the family of Ballilisk, Kinross-shire; David Paton ( fl. 1650-1700), Scottish painter; a...
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Paton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Paton family to Ireland

Some of the Paton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Paton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Paton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Vincent Paton, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [1]
  • John Paton, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1684 [1]
Paton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Margaret Paton, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772 [1]
  • Joseph Paton, aged 29, who arrived in New York, NY in 1774 [1]
  • William Paton, aged 32, who landed in New York, NY in 1774 [1]
  • Thomas Paton, aged 25, who landed in Georgia in 1775 [1]
Paton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James F Paton, who arrived in Mississippi in 1847 [1]
  • M Paton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • R B Paton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Canada Paton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Paton Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Catherine Paton, who landed in Canada in 1663
Paton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Robert Paton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Paton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Paton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Paton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • James Paton, aged 21, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [3]
  • George Paton, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

New Zealand Paton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Paton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Paton, aged 28, a gardener, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Jane Paton, aged 28, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Joseph Paton, aged 28, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Margaret Paton, aged 27, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • John Paton, aged 3, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Paton (post 1700) +

  • Angela Paton (1930-2016), American stage, film and television actress and theatre director, best known for her roles in Groundhog Day (1993) and American Wedding (2003)
  • T. W. Paton, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Ypsilanti, Michigan, 1920 [4]
  • Mark D. Paton, American politician, Mayor of Arkansas City, Kansas, 1985, 1989 [4]
  • Leon B. Paton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1916 [4]
  • Jonathan Paton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 2008; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arizona 1st District, 2012 [4]
  • George Paton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1904, 1908 [4]
  • E. W. Paton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1904 [4]
  • Clarence Paton, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 6th District, 1940, 1942 [4]
  • Waller Hugh Paton (1828-1895), Scottish landscape-painter born in Wooers-Alley, Dunfermline, the first Scottish artist who painted a picture throughout in the open air,some of his works can still be seen in the National Gallery, Edinburgh
  • Mary Ann Paton (1802-1864), birth name of Mary Ann Woods, Scottish vocalist, best known for her role as Susanna in the ‘Marriage of Figaro’
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Ethel Sabina Paton (1875-1914), née Grundy Canadian First Class Passenger from Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [5]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Paton, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [6]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. J. F. Paton, Brazilian Steering Engineer from Brazil, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [7]


The Paton 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: Virtute adepta
Motto Translation: Acquired by virtue


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  3. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  6. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  7. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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