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Patterson Family History

Patterson Name Meaning
Scottish and northern English: patronymic from a pet form of Pate, a short form of Patrick.Irish: in Ulster of English or Scottish origin; in County Galway, a surname taken by bearers of Gaelic Ó Caisín ‘descendant of the little curly-headed one’ (from Gaelic casán), which is usually Anglicized as Cussane.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Patterson Families

  • Number of Patterson families
     1,299 - 2,595
     434 - 1,298
     1 - 433
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Patterson families
     989 - 1,976
     330 - 988
     1 - 329
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Patterson families
     249 - 496
     84 - 248
     1 - 83
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Patterson Family Origin

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Patterson Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Patterson

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Patterson Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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