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Patten Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of clogs, from Middle English paten ‘clog’ (Old French patin). English: variant spelling of Patton.

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


Similar surnames: Platten, Wratten, Hatten, Panter, Pattee, Paster, Gatten, Matter

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Where is the Patten family from?

You can see how Patten families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Patten family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Patten families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 101 Patten families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Patten's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Patten families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Patten surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Patten ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Patten. 16% of Patten men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Patten women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Patten were Carpenter and Clerk.

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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
    16%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 151,000 census records available for the last name Patten. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Patten census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Patten. 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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Draft Cards

There are 24,000 military records available for the last name Patten. For the veterans among your Patten ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Patten lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Patten life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Patten in 1945 was 25, and 77 in 2004.

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