This interesting surname has two origins. Firstly, it may be of English origin, being a diminutive of Pat(e), itself a pet name of Patrick, originally from the Latin given name "Patricus", meaning "patrician". Secondly, it may be of French origin, being a diminutive of Patte, a nickname applied to a man with large hands or feet, deriving from the Old French "pat(t)e" meaning "paw". This surname dates back to the early 13th Century (see below), and further early recordings include: James Patoun in the 1279 Hundred Rolls of Bedfordshire, and John Paton, a witness in the 1413 Feet of Fines of Cambridgeshire. Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Patton, Patten and Paten. Recordings from London Church Registers include: the christening of Susanna, daughter of George Paton, at St. Martin Ludgate, on November 7th 1574, and the christening of Margaret Paton at St. Mary's, Whitechapel, Stepney, on November 5th 1581. John and Mary Paton, famine emigrants, sailed from Liverpool aboard the ship "Panthea" bound for New York in December 1846. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hugo Patun, which was dated 1230, in the "Patent Rolls of Northumberland", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Paten — • A small shallow plate or disc of precious metal upon which the element of bread is offered to God at the Offertory of the Mass, and upon which the consecrated Host is again placed after the Fraction. Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006.… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Paten — Pat en, n. [LL. patina, patena, fr. L. patina, patena, a pan; cf. L. patere to be open, E. patent, and Gr. ? a kind of flat dish: cf. F. pat[ e]ne. Cf. {Patina}.] 1. A plate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. (Eccl.) The place on which the consecrated… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Paten — (mittelhochd. bate, pate, aus dem lat. pater, Taufzeugen, Sponsores, Fidejussores), erwachsene Personen, die bei der Kindertaufe im Namen der Unmündigen das Glaubensbekenntnis abzulegen und die damit verbundenen Fragen zu beantworten haben, womit …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Paten — (vom lat. pater, Vater), ursprünglich Bürgen (sponsōres) für die redliche Absicht der zur Taufe Angemeldeten, später nur Taufzeugen und Bürgen für christl. Erziehung. In der kath. Kirche gibt es auch bei der Firmung P., und das Patenamt begründet …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • paten — (n.) plate for bread at Eucharist, c.1300, from O.Fr. patene, from M.L. patena, from L. patina pan, dish, from Gk. patane flat dish, from petannynai to spread out (see PAN (Cf. pan) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • paten — [pat′ n] n. [ME < OFr patene < L patina: see PATELLA] a metal disk or plate, esp. one of precious metal for holding the bread in a Eucharistic service …   English World dictionary

  • Paten — Derrynaflan Paten, part of an 8th or 9th century communion set found in County Tipperary, Ireland A paten, or diskos, is a small plate, usually made of silver or gold, used to hold Eucharistic bread which is to be consecrated. It is generally… …   Wikipedia

  • Paten —    The plate, made of precious metal, on which the Bread is consecrated at the Holy Communion and from which it is administered to the communicants. When properly made, the lower part of the Paten will fit into or over the edge of the chalice.… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • paten — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French patene, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin patina, from Latin, shallow dish, from Greek patanē Date: 14th century 1. a plate usually made of precious metal and used to carry the bread at… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • paten — /pat n/, n. a metal plate on which the bread is placed in the celebration of the Eucharist. [1250 1300; ME pateyn(e) < OF patene < ML patena, patina Eucharistic plate (L: pan); akin to Gk patáne flat dish, L patere to be open (see PATENT)] * * * …   Universalium

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