The name Patternoster is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a person who created rosaries and chaplets. The surname Patternoster originally derived from the Old English word paternoster
which was used a verb in the opening line of the Latin version of the Lord's Prayer. Paternoster referred to a bead in a rosary. Occupational
names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational
names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational
suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.
Early Origins of the Patternoster family
The surname Patternoster was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Patternoster family
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Patternoster Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Patternoster are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Patternoster include Paternoster, Patternoster and others.
Early Notables of the Patternoster family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Patternoster family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Patternoster or a variant listed above: Abraham Paternoster, who settled in Virginia in 1651; as well as Joseph and Catherine Paternoster, who came to Maryland in 1731.