Patterson Family History

14-Day Free Trial


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

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with a family member and we'll do the searching for you.

Patterson Family Origin

Where is the Patterson family from?

Patterson Family Occupations

What did your Patterson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Patterson. 16% of Patterson men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Patterson women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Patterson were Truck Driver and Housekeeper

View Census data for Patterson | Data not to scale

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper

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

Patterson Historical Records

What Patterson family records will you find?

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.

Search US census records for Patterson

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.

View all Patterson immigration records

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.

View all Patterson military records

You've only scratched the surface of Patterson family history.

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Patterson

Famous Patterson Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name