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Patt Coat of Arms / Patt Family Crest

Patt Coat of Arms / Patt Family Crest

The surname of PATT was a baptismal name 'the son of Patrick' a once great North-English font name, leaving many descendants. This was the name of a 5th century Romano-Britain who became the apostle of Ireland, and it was largely as a result of his fame that the given name was so popular in the Middle Ages. The name was first introduced in its Latin form PATRICIUS, meaning the son of a noble father, a member of the patrician class, and a member of the Roman hereditary-aristocracy. Early records of the name mention William Patric, 1273 County Lincolnshire. Willelmus Patrik of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. William Patrickson, registered at Oxford University in the year 1566. About the year 890-93, a body of Norwegians from Ireland entered Yorkshire and were followed by a greater number, probably between 919 and 952. These Norwegians had been settled in Ireland sufficiently long to become partly Celticized and they have left their mark on the modern map of Cumberland and North Yorkshire in a series of place-names containing Irish loan-words. The name is also spelt Patrickson. Later instances include James Hanam and Martha Patty who were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1765, and John Patrick married Mary Ann Mills at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1793. Philip Hind and Lucy Pattey were married at the same church in the year 1804. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. The name was in Scotland at an early date and Thomas Pateson is in record there in 1488. Robert Patieson took the Test in Paisley in 1686. (The Test was an act passed in the Scots parliament in 1681, which was practically a repudiation of the Covenant, and an acknowledgement that the king was supreme in all causes 'as well as ecclesiastical as civil'). The lion depicted in the crest is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.

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