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Pate Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from the personal name Pat(t), Pate, a short form of Patrick. English and Scottish: nickname for a man with a bald head, from Middle English pate ‘head’, ‘skull’. French (Paté): from Old French pat(t)é ‘with paws’, ‘pawed’ (from pat(t)e ‘paw’), a nickname, applied presumably to a man with large and clumsy hands and feet. German: nickname for a trustworthy man, from Middle High German pate, Middle Low German pade ‘godfather’, ‘male relative’ (see Paeth), or alternatively from a personal name Bado, probably meaning ‘battle’, ‘fight’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Pape, Page, Pace, Plate, Pane, Mate, Tate, Park, Bate, Patz

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Where is the Pate family from?

You can see how Pate families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pate family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pate families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 44 Pate families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 35% of all the recorded Pate's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Pate families in 1911.
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What did your Pate ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Pate. 47% of Pate men worked as a Farmer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Operator
  • Merchant

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Income
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Census Records

There are 107,000 census records available for the last name Pate. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pate census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Pate. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 26,000 military records available for the last name Pate. For the veterans among your Pate ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pate lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Pate life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Pate in 1943 was 48, and 73 in 2004.

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