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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • 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’.

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