Pattison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Pattison family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The family name comes from the personal name Patrick.

Early Origins of the Pattison family

The surname Pattison 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 Pattison family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pattison research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1700, 1604, 1679, 1632, 1708, 1706, 1727, 1658, 1719, 1691 and are included under the topic Early Pattison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pattison Spelling Variations

Historical recordings of the name Pattison include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include Patterson, Paterson, Pattersen, Patteson, Pattison and many more.

Early Notables of the Pattison 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...
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pattison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Pattison family to Ireland

Some of the Pattison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Pattison migration to the United States +

Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Pattison or a variant listed above:

Pattison Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Pattison, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [2]
  • Hen Pattison, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Thomas Pattison, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Susan Pattison, who landed in Virginia in 1665 [2]
Pattison Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Martha Pattison, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • Margaret Pattison, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [2]
  • Robert Pattison, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [2]
  • Gilbert Pattison, who arrived in North Carolina in 1739 [2]
Pattison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Pattison, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [2]
  • Arthur Pattison, who arrived in New York in 1816 [2]
  • David Pattison, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834 [2]
  • William Pattison, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836 [2]
  • Granville Sharpe Pattison, who landed in New York in 1850 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Pattison migration to Australia +

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

Pattison Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Pattison, British convict who was convicted in Southwark, Surrey, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mary Ann Pattison, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840 [4]
  • John Pattison, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840 [4]
  • Elizabeth Pattison, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840 [4]
  • Richard Pattison, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Pattison migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pattison Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A. Pattison, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854
  • G. Pattison, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854
  • Mr. George Pattison, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gipsey" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 25th October 1854, en-route to Wellington [6]
  • Mr. Alexander Pattison, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gipsey" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 25th October 1854, en-route to Wellington [6]
  • James Pattison, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Pattison (post 1700) +

  • Paul Pattison, American Academy Award winning makeup artist who won at the 1995 Academy Awards for Best Makeup for the film Braveheart
  • William J. Pattison (1921-1943), United States Navy sailor and Navy Cross recipient
  • John M. Pattison (1847-1906), Democratic politician, 43rd Governor of Ohio
  • Granville Sharp Pattison (1791-1851), Scottish anatomist from Kelvin Grove, Glasgow, member of the faculty of physicians and surgeons of Glasgow in 1813, author of ‘Experimental Observations on the Operation of Lithotomy,’ Philadelphia, 1820
  • Mr. Albert Pattison M.B.E., British Founder for Hart Biologicals, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to International Trade and to the Economy in the Tees Valley and to charity [7]
  • Ms. Leah Sha Pattison M.B.E., British recipient of the Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to under privileged women in India [8]
  • William Pattison (1706-1727), English poet from Peasemarsh, near Rye, Sussex, known for his poem ‘Effigies Authoris’; he died of smallpox on 11 July 1727
  • Mark Pattison (1813-1884), English author and rector of Lincoln College, Oxford, son of Mark James Pattison (d. 1865)
  • Dorothy Wyndlow Pattison (1832-1878), known as Sister Dora, an English philanthropist, the tenth and youngest daughter of Mark James Pattison, rector of Haukswell, near Richmond, Yorkshire
  • Séamus Patrick Pattison (1936-2018), Irish Labour Party politician, Leas-Cheann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann (2002-2007), Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann (1997-2002), Minister of State for Social Welfare (1983-1987)
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Vincent James  Pattison (1863-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
  • Miss Katherine Cunningham  Pattison (1906-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
  • Master Allan S.  Pattison (1907-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Herbert Pattison, British Corporal with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [10]


The Pattison 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. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN from London 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840John.htm
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  10. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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