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Paterson Name Meaning

Scottish: patronymic from a pet form of Pate 1.

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


Similar surnames: Patterson, Peterson, Pattison, Waterson, Watterson, Person, Catterson

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Where is the Paterson family from?

You can see how Paterson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Paterson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Paterson families were found in and Scotland in 1841and Scotland in 1851and Scotland in 1861and Scotland in 1871and Scotland in 1881and Scotland in 1891and Scotland in 1901. In 1911 there were 728 Paterson families living in Ontario. This was about 44% of all the recorded Paterson's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Paterson families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Paterson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Paterson ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Paterson. 27% of Paterson men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Paterson women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Paterson were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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
    27%
  • Labourer
    8%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Operator
    10%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
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Census Records

There are 366,000 census records available for the last name Paterson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Paterson 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 79,000 immigration records available for the last name Paterson. 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 32,000 military records available for the last name Paterson. For the veterans among your Paterson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Paterson lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Paterson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Paterson in 1944 was 37, and 78 in 2004.

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