Show ContentsPatteson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

On the Scottish west coast, the Patteson family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the personal name Patrick.

Early Origins of the Patteson family

The surname Patteson 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. [1]

Early History of the Patteson family

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Patteson Spelling Variations

In various documents Patteson has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Patterson, Paterson, Pattersen, Patteson, Pattison and many more.

Early Notables of the Patteson family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was John Paterson (1604-1679), Bishop of Ross; John Paterson (1632-1708), the last Archbishop of Glasgow, Bishop of Galloway, Bishop of Edinburgh; and William Pattison (1706-1727), an English poet. Sir William Paterson (1658-1719), a Scottish trader and banker, one of the founders of the Bank of England. One story claims "he came from Scotland...
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Ireland Migration of the Patteson family to Ireland

Some of the Patteson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Patteson migration to the United States +

Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Patteson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Edward Patteson, aged 30, who arrived in New England aboard the ship "The Christian" in 1634 [2]
  • Edward Patteson, who arrived in Boston aboard the ship "Hector" in 1637 [2]
  • James Patteson, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [3]
  • Jane Patteson, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [3]
Patteson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Patteson, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [3]
Patteson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Allan Patteson, aged 26, who settled in America from England, in 1901
  • Maggie Patteson, aged 21, who settled in America from Derry, in 1901
  • James Patteson, aged 20, who landed in America from Derry, in 1901
  • J. F. Patteson, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1903
  • Frank H. Patteson, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Patteson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Patteson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Patteson, English convict who was convicted in Shropshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Blundell" on 13th March 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Patteson (post 1700) +

  • Roy Kinneer Patteson Jr., (b. 1928), American ancient language scholar
  • Lee Hawse Patteson (1902-1953), wife of Governor of West Virginia Okey L. Patteson, and First Lady, 1949–1953
  • Okey Leonidas Patteson (1898-1989), American politician, 23rd Governor of West Virginia
  • John Patteson (1827-1871), English Anglican bishop and martyr, elder son of Sir John Patteson
  • Sir John Patteson (1790-1861), English judge, second son of the Rev. Henry Patteson of Drinkstone, Suffolk; he died on 28 June 1861 at Feniton Court, Honiton, Devonshire, a seat which he had purchased in 1841
  • John Patteson (1755-1833), English Tory politician, Member of Parliament for Minehead in Somerset in 1802
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Patteson Cobbold (1869-1965), British soldier and writer
  • Patteson Womersley Nickalls (1877-1946), British gold medalist polo player who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics

The Patteson 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.

  1. 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)
  2. Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's Retrieved January 6th 2023, retrieved from
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook