islands and the west coast of Scotland
are the ancestral home of the Pattersan family. Their name comes from the personal name Patrick.
Early Origins of the Pattersan family
The surname Pattersan was first found in Ross-shire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland
, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross. The ancestral home of the Clan
Pheadirean (Patersons) was on the north side of Lochfyne. Moving from the Gaelic into English spellings resulted in the typical wide range of surname spellings. By example, William Patrison and John Patonson, a 'gentillmen,' were witnesses in Aberdeen in 1446, Donald Patyrson was admitted burgess of Aberdeen in 1494, Robert Patersoun was 'capitane of ane were schip of Dundee' in 1544, Fyndlay Patersoun had a tack of the lands of Owar Elrik from the Abbey of Cupar in 1557, and so on. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Pattersan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pattersan research.Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1700, 1604, 1679, 1632, 1708, 1658, 1719, 1706, 1727 and are included under the topic Early Pattersan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pattersan Spelling Variations
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations
. Pattersan has been written as Patterson, Paterson, Pattersen, Patteson, Pattison and many more.
Early Notables of the Pattersan family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was John Paterson (1604-1679), Bishop of Ross; John Paterson (1632-1708), Archbishop of Glasgow, Bishop of Galloway
, Bishop of Edinburgh... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pattersan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pattersan family to Ireland
Some of the Pattersan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pattersan family to the New World and Oceana
Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence
as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan
societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Pattersan or a variant listed above: Andrew and David Paterson who were banished to Georgia in 1685; James Paterson who settled in New Hampshire
in 1718; David Patterson who settled in Boston in 1651.
The Pattersan 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: Pro Rege et grege
Motto Translation: For King and people.