The surname Patten is of English origin.The name is a diminutive of Pate, a short form of the name Patrick. The surname signifies the ‘son of Patrick’. The given name Patrick is derived from the Latin Patricius; the son of a noble man, member of the patrician class, the Roman hereditary aristocracy. This was the name of a fifth century Romano-Briton who became the apostle of Ireland, and it was largely due to his fame that the given name was so popular during the Middle Ages. It was once a great North-English font name, leaving many descendants; Patterson, Pattison, Patten, Patton. The name may also be a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of clogs, or a nickname of a maker of them, from the Middle English ‘paten’, clog ( Old French ‘patin’ ). The American general George Patton ( 1885-1945 ) was born in San Gabriel, California, into a family with a long family tradition. His earliest American ancestor, Robert Patton, had emigrated from Scotland to Virginia ( 1770 ). This name dates as far back as the thirteenth century were a Paton is recorded in historical archives. The name was brought ot Am… Coat of arms: Per pale gules …
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