Show ContentsPatt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Patt first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the village of Puttock in the county of Sussex. This habitation surname was originally derived from the Old English word puttoc which means kite, denoting a bird belonging to the hawk family.

Early Origins of the Patt family

The surname Patt was first found in Sussex where one of the first records of the family was Aelfricus (Aefric) Puttoc (died 1051) Archbishop of York (1023-1041) and Bishop of Worcester. He may have been the bishop who crowned Harold Harefoot king of England in 1036. However, when Harthacnut became king, he and others were charged to disinter Harold's body and throw it away. By the Battle of Hastings they had branched westward to Somerset where Aluried Puttoch held estates at that time.

Early History of the Patt family

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Patt Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Patt has appeared include Puttoch, Puttock, Puttoc, Puttick, Puttoche, Puttocke, Putticke, Putteck, Puttex, Putton, Putten, Potton, Puttone, Pottone, Pottock, Pottocke, Pottoch and many more.

Early Notables of the Patt family (pre 1700)

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Patt Ranking

In the United States, the name Patt is the 12,754th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Patt migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Patt arrived in North America very early:

Patt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Patt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [2]
Patt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Karl Patt, aged 27, who landed in America in 1881 [2]
  • Peter Joseph Patt, aged 26, who arrived in Alabama in 1881 [2]
  • Heinrich Patt, aged 13, who arrived in Indiana in 1881 [2]
  • Johann Patt, aged 23, who landed in Indiana in 1881 [2]
  • Wilhelm Patt, aged 19, who landed in Missouri in 1884 [2]

New Zealand Patt 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:

Patt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John William Patt, (b. 1838), aged 25, British cabinet maker travelling from London aboard the ship "David G. Fleming" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th December 1863 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Patt (post 1700) +

  • Maurice Howard "Babe" Patt (1915-1961), American NFL football player who played for the Detroit Lions in 1938 and the Cleveland Rams (1939-1942)
  • Yehuda Patt, American liver cancer specialist, gastrointestinal oncologist, and Professor of Medicine at the University of New Mexico
  • Ralph Oliver Patt (1929-2010), American jazz-guitarist
  • Yale Nance Patt, American professor of electrical and computer engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, awarded the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science and numerous IEEE awards
  • Arthur P. Patt, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1960 [4]
  • Gideon Patt (1933-2020), Israeli politician, Minister of Housing & Construction (1977-1979), Minister of Industry & Trade (1979–1984), Minister of Tourism (1981)
  • Terence Anthony "Terry" Sue- Patt (1964-2015), British actor, best known for playing Benny Green in the BBC series Grange Hill (1978–1982)
  • Patt Barbour, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1972

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