Explore the Family Name Pattison

The meaning of Pattison

English (northern): 1. patronymic from the personal names Paton or Patin (Anglo-Norman French and Middle English pet forms of Patrick); see Patrick, Paton, and Patten. The name was often shortened to Pattison and Patteson, and in the late 18th century was sometimes respelled as Patterson. 2. from the Middle English personal name Pat(e), probably a pet form of Patrick, + son. See Pate and Patrick. 3. variant of Patterson.

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How common is the last name Pattison in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Pattison has seen a slight shift between 2000 and 2010. The ranking of the name dropped from 6316 in 2000 to 6505 in 2010, indicating a decrease in popularity by about 2.99%. However, the count of individuals with this surname increased by 5.01% over the same period, from 4968 to 5217. This suggests that the proportion of individuals with the Pattison surname per 100k population decreased slightly by 3.8%.

Proportion per 100k1.841.77-3.8%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Pattison

The data from the Decennial U.S. Census also provides insight into the ethnic identity associated with the surname Pattison. In 2010, the majority of individuals with this surname identified as White at 93.14%, although this was a slight decrease of 1.21% from 2000. The percentage of those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander decreased significantly by 35.16% while those identifying as Two or more races saw an increase of 53.33%. There were minor increases in people who identified as Hispanic and Black by 34.46% and 13.82% respectively. Those identifying as American Indian and Alaskan Native saw a small dip by 8.7%.

Two or More Races1.35%2.07%53.33%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.91%0.59%-35.16%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.46%0.42%-8.7%

Pattison ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Pattison is British & Irish, which comprises 56.4% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (23.6%) and Scandinavian (4.6%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Indigenous American.

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British & Irish56.4%
French & German23.6%

Possible origins of the surname Pattison

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Pattison have recent ancestry locations in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom91.20%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom91.20%
Greater London, United Kingdom91.20%
West Midlands, United Kingdom91.20%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom90.60%

What Pattison haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Pattison is I-CTS4922, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup I-CTS4922 is descended from haplogroup I-M170. Other common haplogroups include I-Z190 and R-CTS241, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Cassidy, Gates, Morey, Coyle, Stroud, Wiley, Hilliard, Oglesby, Sewell, Willoughby.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Pattison surname are: H1, J1c, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

pattisonPaternal Haplogroup Origins I-M170

Your maternal lineage may be linked to the nomadic Tuareg of the Sahara

Though haplogroup H1 rarely reaches high frequencies beyond western Europe, over 60% of eastern Tuareg in Libya belong to haplogroup H1. The Tuareg call themselves the Imazghan, meaning “free people.” They are an isolated, semi-nomadic people who inhabit the West-Central Sahara and are known today for a distinctive dark blue turban worn by the men, and for their long history as gatekeepers of the desert.How did women carrying H1 make it all the way from western Europe to this isolated community? They likely migrated from Spain across the Strait of Gibraltar into Morocco after the Last Ice Age, where they were assimilated into the Berbers of the Mediterranean coast. Then, about 5,000 years ago, the Sahara shifted from a period of relative habitable conditions to its dramatically arid desert environment. This shift may have caused migrations throughout the Sahara, prompting the ancient Tuaregs to meet and mingle with the Berbers, bringing H1 lineages into their population.

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What do people with the surname Pattison have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Pattison" Surname 44.9%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Pattison" Surname 24.4%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Pattison" Surname 17.5%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Pattison" Surname 19.9%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Pattison?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Pattison are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%