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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 Family Origin

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Patterson Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Patterson family was Farming. 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.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Patterson Historical Records

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Patterson Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, 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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