The surname of PATER has the associated arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The surname was baptismal 'the son of Pate' an ancient although now forgotten personal name. Following the crusades in Europe in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, a need was felt for a family name to replace the one given at birth, or in addition to it. This was recognized by those of noble birth, and particularly by those who went on the Crusades, as it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. Early records of the name mention Osbert Patere, 1100, County Yorkshire. Jordan Patere was documented in County Lancashire in the year 1219. Edward Pates of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379, and William Pater was documented in County Lancashire in the year 1400. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but the main of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name. Walter Pater (1839-94) was the English writer who advocated the concept of 'art for art's sake'. He was the son of a physician, born in East London. His family were of Dutch origin and were said to have come to England with William of Orange. They established themselves in Olney in County Buckinghamshire. The name is also spelt Pate and Paters.
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