Patterson Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Catterson, Watterson, Paterson, Patteson, Anderson, Batterson

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Patterson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Patterson name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Patterson. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Patterson Family Origin

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Patterson Family Occupations

What did your Patterson ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Patterson occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Patterson's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Patterson. A less common occupation for the Patterson family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Patterson ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Patterson Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Patterson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Patterson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 127,000 immigration records available for the last name Patterson. 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 Card

There are 218,000 military records available for the last name Patterson. For the veterans among your Patterson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Patterson Life Expectancy

What is the average Patterson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Patterson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Patterson in 1940 was 38, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Patterson ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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