Patella Family History
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Patella Name Meaning
possibly from patella ‘limpet’, and hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who collected shell fish, or a nickname for a tenacious or withdrawn person. nickname or metonymic occupational name from a variant of patella ‘porringer’, ‘frying pan’. In this sense, it is also found as a Greek name.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press