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Origins of the Patterson surname

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About the Pattersons

We have a total number of 171192 records for people with the last name Patterson.

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Where do most Pattersons live?

In 1921, most Pattersons lived in North East.

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Interesting facts about Pattersons

How common is your surname?

369th most common surname in the UK

We have 103,000 records for the Patterson surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Pattersons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Patterson first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Pattersons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Pattersons in 1921


Domestic Servant




House Servant


General Servant Domestic


Common Male occupations for Pattersons in 1921
Coal Miner


Farm Hands


Semiskilled Chauffeurs And Drivers


General Labourer




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