Show ContentsPattishall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Pattishall date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Pattishall family lived in the parish of Pattishall found in Northamptonshire.

Early Origins of the Pattishall family

The surname Pattishall was first found in Northamptonshire at Pattishall a village and parish that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Pascelle. 1 Later in the 12th century the village was listed as Patesshille and literally meant "hill of a man called Paetti," having derived from the Old English personal name + "hyll." 2

Today the civil parish of Pattishall includes the villages of Pattishall, Eastcote, Astcote and Dalscote, part of Fosters Booth, and the hamlet of Cornhill.

One of the first records of the name was Simon of Pattishall (or Pateshull) who died in 1217. He was an English judge and civil servant who is considered the first Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (1204-1217.) Before this appointment, he was High Sheriff of Essex (1193-1194), High Sheriff of Hertfordshire (1193-1194), and High Sheriff of Northamptonshire (1194-1203.)

His son, High de Pateshull (d. 1241), was Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield. Martin de Pateshull (d. 1229) was judge and dean of London and was probably a native either of Pattishall, Northamptonshire. He may have been related to the aforementioned Simon de Pateshull.

Early History of the Pattishall family

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Pattishall 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 Pattishall 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 Pattishall include: Pateshall, Pateshull and others.

Early Notables of the Pattishall family

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Migration of the Pattishall family

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 Pattishall or a variant listed above: Robert Pateshall who settled in New England in 1655.

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) on Facebook