Patterson family crest

Patterson family crest

Colors on the Patterson family crest explained

Argent (silver) - is an ancient symbol for peacefulness and sincerity, both of which the early Pattersons valued greatly.

Gules (red) - symbolizes martyrdom and the historic military strength of the Patterson family when needed in times of war.



  Symbols on the Patterson family crest explained   

The three stars - symbolizes the noble and good qualities of Patterson family members, It also represents additional divine characteristics granted from a higher power.

The embattled pattern - represents the walls of an ancient fortress and stronghold proudly owned by the Patterson family.

The three swans - are a symbol of grace, purity, love and those who are lovers of learning.


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Origins of the Patterson family name

Patterson is a name of English, Irish and Scottish origin from the middle ages. 

It stems from the longer form of one who is 'Patrick's son', based typically on the given name of a boys father and eventually used as a surname.


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Summary of the Patterson family and the Patterson family crest

  • The first officially recorded instance of the name is in the Domesday Book of 1086 which lists a "Patricius" (ancient spelling version) among the landowners of Essex.
  • However, the family name is mostly associated with Scotland and Sottish history.
  • The Patterson family name has been associated with Scotland since the 12th century, when Walter de Patrichton is recorded as a witness to a charter of King Malcolm IV.
  • The name also appears in the early 14th century in the records of the Parliament of Scotland, with John de Patrysone represented as a member from Aberdeen in 1357.
  • The Pattersons of Glenmoir are one of the oldest and most prominent branches of the family.
  • The clan traces its origins back to Duncan Patterson, who fought alongside Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
  • Duncan's great-grandson, John Patterson, was granted the lands of Glenmoir in 1446 by King James II.
  • The Patterson family has been in America for over 300 years.
    • The first Patterson family emigrated to America in the late 1600s and settled in Virginia before moving to North Carolina and Texas in by the late 1700s and early 1800s.
    • The family were instrumental in the building of early America being one of the first families to arrive in the Eastern colonies.
    • Today, all family members can still trace their roots back to ancient Scotland.