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Where did the English Patt family come from? What is the English Patt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Patt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Patt family history?

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.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Patt research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1227, 1273 and 1601 are included under the topic Early Patt History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Patt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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

Patt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Karl Patt, aged 27, landed in America in 1881
  • Peter Joseph Patt, aged 26, arrived in Alabama in 1881
  • Heinrich Patt, aged 13, arrived in Indiana in 1881
  • Johann Patt, aged 23, landed in Indiana in 1881
  • Wilhelm Patt, aged 19, landed in Missouri in 1884


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The Patt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Patt 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 18 June 2015 at 09:54.

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