Where did the Scottish Patterson family come from? What is the Scottish coat of arms/family crest? When did the Patterson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
The clan from whom the Patterson family descends began among the ancient Dalriadan tribe of the west coast of Scotland. Their name comes from the personal name Patrick.
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of Patterson include Patterson, Paterson, Pattersen, Patteson, Pattison and many more.
First found in Rossshire where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Patterson were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Andrew and David Paterson who were banished to Georgia in 1685; James Paterson who settled in New Hampshire in 1718; David Patterson who settled in Boston in 1651.
Motto Translated: For King and people.
Some noteworthy people of the name Patterson
* Eugene Patterson, American Editor
* Gardner Patterson, American Economist
* Jere Patterson, American Business Council
* Cecil Patterson, British Bishop
* Constance Patterson, British Union Leader
* Ian Hunter Patterson (b. 1939), English lead singer of the band Mott the Hoople from 1969 until the band broke up in 1974. He was honored in 2005 as the first recipient of the Classic Rock Songwriters Award
* Paul Patterson, Botanist
* Rex Patterson, Australian Politician