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Origin Of The Surname Paton

Meaning Of The Surname Paton

One with Big Hands

Interesting Facts About Paton

Paton is thought to be a name of ultimately French origin, and would have been brought across to Britain by invading Normans. It comes from the Old French ‘patte’ which meant paw. It would have been used as a nickname for a person with large hands. Nicknames were a convenient way of distinguishing people, and so many nicknames became hereditary surnames.

Paton Statistics

Paton is the number 1190 ranked surname in the United Kingdom. According to our statistics around 8,278 share the surname Paton in the UK.

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