Irish Patten Clan Coat of Arms

The Patten Family
Written and Researched by Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewska, B.F.A.

The Meaning of the Name Patten:

The name has been spelled Patten, Peyton (Irish), Patton, Pattin, Paton (Scottish), Paidein (Gaelic)

The website stated that Patten means "the seller of clogs." As in Middle English, Patin meant "clog." In The Surnames of Scotland, it states that the name was from Pat, a diminutive of Patrick. The French diminutive suffix was "on." While The Dictionary of American Names states that, in England, the name meant "one who came from Patton (in Shropshire and Westmoreland).

The Patten Arms:

An arms was recorded for John Patten, a crusader, in 1376. It was described as bore, lozengy ermine and sable, a canton gules, in France - in Shirley [Foster, p. 154].

In The Book of Irish Families, Great and Small, Volume I, Second edition it states:

..... "The name of a family from Scotland which settled in Ireland, in the province of Ulter, as the most common over the centuries. The 1890 birth index finds the family most numerous in Antrim and Down when spelled Patton, and in Mayo where it is spelled Patten."

In A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis, 1837 in states that:

"Mayo (county of) is a maritime county of the Province Connaught... It is a parish, partly in the barony of Kilmaine, but chiefly in that of CLANMORRIS. Here was located St Colman, a Benedictone cell of Lindisfarme, in Northumberland and returned to Ireland in 665 A.D." The land was said to be of good quality. There were limestone quarries as well. The land was good for sheep pasturage. A fair ws held at Brize, on August 11th, for horses, cows, and sheep. One of Alfred the Great's sons is buried there. Dunsmore town is near to this area.

The First Recorded Patten

One of the first records of the Patten name was a Geoffry Patin in Normandy in 1198 (MSR) and Alice Patun, in England in 1274 (RH)[The Norman People].


Burke's Peerage states that "the family of Patten claims ancestry coeval[of the same age or era] with the Norman Conquest, but they did not settle in Lancashire until the reign of Henry VIII."

The early line is rather sketchy:

1. Richard Patten, was alive in 1119. He was said to be the son and heir of his father, Richard Patten or Patine, of Patton House. Patton house was located near Chelmsford, Essex County, England. Richard Patten, Sr. was married into the ancient Derbyshire house of Eyre.

2. Richard Patten,Lord of Dagenham Court and of Patten House, in Essex County, England married Mary Dagenham, in 1376, of Dagenham Court, in Essex County, England. Richard and Mary Patten had three sons: Richard, Robert, and John.

.....Their eldest son, Richard lived in the time of Henry III.
.....Robert Patten
.....John Patten married Revyte from Derbyshire.
..........They had a daughter named Agnes who married John Segar. John was the successor, had a son John.

3. John Patten of Dagenham Court, Essex County, England; and Waynflete County Lincoln, lived during the reign of Edward III, and was alive in 1376 [see him under "The Patten Arms"]. John married the daughter of Sir Oswald Westingcroft of Westingcroft manor in Lancashire, England. John's son was Nicholas Patten. It is in this generation that we find more details about this family. Nicholas Patten was Lord Dagenham in the reign of Henry VI.

In 1490, they emigrated to Scotland, and in 1630, they moved to Ireland.

Actor (Hector) Pattern was born in 1691 or 1693 in Dimbo, County Derby, Ireland. In 1729, Actor landed in Boston, MA and then settled in Maine. Actor's wife was Pauline Sutor

Actor's and Pauline's children were:

.....John Patten
.....William Patten

Actors brothers, William and Robert also came to Maine.

4. Nicholas Patten alias Waynflete, the heir of John Patten, lived in the reign of Henry V and Henry VI. Nicolas married Margery Brereton, the daughter of Sir William Brereton, Knight of Brereton in Cheshire, England.

Their sons were:

.....John of Waynflete had a illegitimate daughter, Joan. Joan married Velence of Kent. .....Willian Patten alias Waynflete. He founded Magdalene College in Oxford, England. Nicholas Patten died August 11, 1486. Their heir was Richard Patten.

5. Richard Patten of Boslow, Derby County, England; in the time of Henry VI. His heir was Humphrey Patten of Warrington County, England.

6. Humphrey Patten was alive during the Reign of Henry [Tudor] VIII. He married Jane Rixtone, the daughter of Thomas Rixtone, Gentleman of Great Sankey.
***There was at Richard Patten in the court of Henry VIII in 1529.

7. Thomas Patten of Patten Lane, in Warrington, England, was born in 1561. Warrington is located on the Mersey River in Cheshire, NW England. Thomas Patten's wife was Ellen Diggles. Her father was George Diggles. Ellen and Thomas Patten had four sons: Thomas Patten was the heir. His brothers were:

.....John Patten b. 1598. John was married twice.
.....Antony Patten, lived on the Isle of Man. b. 1601 d. 1641. Antony had a son name Caesar.
.....William Patten of Preston, was born September 4, 1604. His heir was Thomas of Preston. Thomas was the Lord of Thornley. He was a barrister-at-law and Member of Parliament for Preston in 1683. William died in 1697. He had one child, named Elizabeth Patten.

8. Thomas Patten married Mary, the daughter of John Leigh Esq. of Oughtrington in Cheshire, England. Thomas and Mary had children:

.....Thomas Patten, heir
.....John Patten
.....William Patten
.....Elizabeth Patten d. 1740.

9. Thomas Patten married Margaret, the eldest daughter of Jonathan Blackburne, Esq. of Orford Co., Lancaster.

10. Thomas Patten, Esq., Lord of Winmarleigh, Lancaster, England. Thomas was born on June 16, 1728. He married Lettice Peake, daughter of Rev. James Peake of Bowden County, Cheshire, England.

11. Thomas Patten, Esq. of Banks Hall

Warrington Town Hall

Warrington Town Hall was formerly called Bank Hall, home of the Patten Family in England, was built in 1750 during the reign of King George II and was designed by James Gibbs. Warrington is located in Cheshire, England, on the Mersey River.

12. Peter Patten died in 1819 without a male heir, and his title was given to Thomas Wilson Patten of Bank Hill. His son was John Wilson Patten and he was a member of Parliament and a Colonel in the army.

Warrington Town hall, formerly Bank Hall Home of the Patten family in England.

Crest of the English Patten Family

Their crests were:

1. Pattern English: the griffin's head erased, vert. Motto: Nulla pallescere culpa to turn pale at no crime or "Never made pale with guilt."[Fairbairn, James].

2. Wilson: the demi-wolf, rampant. Motto: Virtus ad sidera tollit for Wilson[Fairbairn, James].

The Scottish Patterns:

In C.L. Patton's book Coming to America, A Chronicle of the American Lineage of the Pattons published in Springfield, Illinois. It stated that the Pattens were from the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands near Loch Linnhe. They were Presbyterians and were sent to Ireland by King James I of England. They settled in Ulster. This is confirmed in The Book of Irish Families Great and Small. Volume 1, Second edition. Irish Genealogical Foundation, 1997. In this book in states under Patten, Patton [Pattin]:

"The name of a family from Scotland which settled in Ireland, in the province of Ulster ... The 1890 birth index finds the family most numerous in Antrim and Down when spelled as Patton, and in Mayo when spelled as Patten."

***Londonderry was one of the six counties of Northern Ireland. It is commonly called Derry, and the name changed when it was granted to the city of London for colonization and became known as Londonderry. Pattens who came into the American colonies around 1718 from Londonderry in the north of Ireland are described as follows:

Actor "Hector" Patten of Maine (1691-1780) was born in Dunboe, Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Actor Patten died in 1780 in Surrey, Hancock, Maine (at age 89). He married (1)Pauline Suter of Suter, Dunhoe, Londonderry, Ireland, in 1727.(2) Margaret Shear on May 19, 1732; (3) Mary Armstrong in 1739.

Actor came with his parents to Boston, Massachusetts, and moved to Maine. Pauline and Actor's children were:

.....1. John Patten 1717-1792
.....2. William Patten 1720-1780

Their father was James Patten who was born in 1660.

Margaret and actors children were:

.....3. *Matthew Patten 1732-1790
.....4. Mary Patten 1733-

.....5. Robert Patten of Maine
.....6. William Patten of Boston


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Burke's Peerage of Landed Gentry of Great Britain, Volume a.

Patton, C. L., Coming to America, A Chronicle of the American Lineage of the Pattons

Fairbairn, James. Fairbairn's Crests of the Families of Great Britain & Ireland. New York: Bonanza Books.

Foster, Joseph. The Dictionary of Heraldry: Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. Baltimore, MD.: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1999. Originally published in London in 1874.

Little, A>M>, Litt. D. George Thomas. Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1909.

O'Laughlin, Michael C. The Book of Irish Families Great and Small Volume I, Second edition, Kansas City, MO.: Irish Genealogical Foundation, 1997.

Smith, Eldon C. New Dictionary of American Family Names. New York: Gramercy Publishing Company, 1988.

The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and The United States of America. Baltimore, MD.: Genealogical Publishing Company Co., Inc., (originally published in London in 1874), 1999.

The Oxford Essential Geographical Dictionary [American Edition] New York: Berkley Books,1999.

Patten Internal Links:

Patten Tree- a Maine Patten Famiy
Patten in Maine census

St Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland
The Abenaki Confederacy

Patten External Links:

Pattens of Maine

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