Patry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Patry emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. One of the most common classes of surname is the patronymic surname, which was usually derived from the first name of the person's father. Flemish surnames of this type are often characterized by the diminutive suffix -kin, which became very frequent in England during the 14th century. The surname Patry is derived from the personal names Peter and Patrick. These two names were frequently confused in Scotland since the Gaelic forms of Patrick were Pádair and Pátair. The Flemish Patry family is believed to be descended from a family named Peters who migrated from Antwerp in Belgium to Cornwall during the 12th century. From there, the family moved to Kincardine, Aberdeen, and Caithness in Scotland.

Early Origins of the Patry family

The surname Patry was first found in Kincardineshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Patry family

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Patry Spelling Variations

Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Petrie, Petree, Petre and others.

Early Notables of the Patry family (pre 1700)

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Patry World Ranking

In Canada, the name Patry is the 952nd most popular surname with an estimated 5,683 people with that name. [1] However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Patry is ranked the 380th most popular surname. [2] And in France, the name Patry is the 1,831st popular surname with an estimated 3,353 people with that name. [3]


United States Patry migration to the United States +

In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Patry

Patry Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Minna Patry, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Henry Patry, aged 51, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1907
  • Julienne Patry, aged 18, who settled in America from Evron, France, in 1912
  • Marie Madeleine Patry, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1916
  • Edouard Patry, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1916
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Canada Patry migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Patry Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • André Patry, son of René and Renée, who married Henriette Cartois, daughter of Lambert and Marie, in Quebec on 23rd July 1675 [4]
  • Jean Patry, son of Pierre and Léonarde, who married Catherine Vanasse, daughter of François-Noel and Jeanne, in Trois-Rivières, Quebec on 21st September 1693 [4]
Patry Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • André Patry, son of André and Henriette, who married Catherine Pruneau, daughter of Jean and Suzanne, in Berthier, Quebec on 18th November 1711 [4]
  • René Patry, son of André and Henriette, who married Marie-Catherine Girard, daughter of Jacques and Mathurine, in Beaumont, Quebec on 26th November 1721 [4]
  • Michel Patry, son of René and Marie-Charlotte, who married Marie-Ursule Lacroix, daughter of Louis and Suzanne, in Saint-Michel, Quebec on 28th January 1743 [4]
  • Clément Patry, son of André and Catherine, who married Marie Brochu, daughter of Jean and Dorothée, in Saint-Vallier, Quebec on 15th June 1744 [4]
  • Joseph Patry, son of André and Catherine, who married Marie-Anne Morisset, daughter of Nicolas and Anne, in Saint-Michel, Quebec on 22nd November 1746 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Patry Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Endore Patry, aged 43, who immigrated to Quebec, Canada, in 1911
  • Mrs. Endore Patry, aged 33, who settled in Quebec, Canada, in 1911

Contemporary Notables of the name Patry (post 1700) +

  • William F. Patry (b. 1950), American lawyer, copyright counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Pierre Patry (b. 1933), Canadian film director and screenwriter
  • Claude Patry (b. 1953), Canadian Member of Parliament
  • Bernard Patry (b. 1943), Canadian politician, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (1996 to 1998)
  • André Patry (1902-1960), French astronomer who discovered nine asteroids, eponym of Asteroid 1601 Patry


The Patry 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: Fide sed vide
Motto Translation: Trust but take care.


  1. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  2. ^ https://statistique.quebec.ca/fr/document/noms-de-famille-au-quebec/tableau/les-1-000-premiers-noms-de-famille-selon-le-rang-quebec
  3. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  4. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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