name Pattox comes from the family having resided in the village of Puttock in the county of Sussex
. This habitation
surname was originally derived from the Old English word puttoc
which means kite,
denoting a bird belonging to the hawk family.
Early Origins of the Pattox family
The surname Pattox was first found in Sussex
where one of the first records of the family was Aelfricus (Aefric) Puttoc (died 1051) Archbishop of York (1023-1041) and Bishop of Worcester. He may have been the bishop who crowned Harold Harefoot king of England
in 1036. However, when Harthacnut became king, he and others were charged to disinter Harold's body and throw it away. By the Battle of Hastings they had branched westward to Somerset
where Aluried Puttoch held estates at that time.
Early History of the Pattox family
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Pattox Spelling Variations
Pattox has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Puttoch, Puttock, Puttoc, Puttick, Puttoche, Puttocke, Putticke, Putteck, Puttex, Putton, Putten, Potton, Puttone, Pottone, Pottock, Pottocke, Pottoch and many more.
Early Notables of the Pattox family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pattox family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Pattoxs to arrive on North American shores: David Putten who landed in America in 1753; William Puttex (Puttecks) settled in Barbados in 1634.