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Pattison Name Meaning

English (northern):: patronymic from the personal names Paton or Patin (Anglo-Norman French and Middle English pet forms of Patrick); see Patrick Paton and Patten . The name was often shortened to Pattison and Patteson and in the late 18th century was sometimes respelled as Patterson . from the Middle English personal name Pat(e) probably a pet form of Patrick + son. See Pate and Patrick . variant of Patterson .

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


Similar surnames: Mattison, Patton, Patterson, Mathison, Matteson, Paterson, Addison

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Where is the Pattison family from?

You can see how Pattison families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pattison family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pattison families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 61 Pattison families living in New York. This was about 46% of all the recorded Pattison's in USA. New York had the highest population of Pattison families in 1840.
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What did your Pattison ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Pattison. 18% of Pattison men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Pattison women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pattison were Manager and Secretary. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    18%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Manager
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Secretary
    5%
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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Pattison. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Pattison. For the veterans among your Pattison ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pattison lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Pattison life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Pattison in 1945 was 26, and 79 in 2004.

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