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Re: Paddens from Ireland (II)
Posted by: Tomas Sean O Donnabhain Date: December 18, 2001 at 09:20:22
In Reply to: Re: Paddens from Ireland (II) by Sherol Padden of 143

Patterson, Pattinson, Pattison, Paddison, are all English formations, with the suffix "-son;" they represent the same name as the Irish formations Mac Paidin, Mac Padine, Mac Paden, Mac Padian, Mac Padden, Mac Paddan, Mac Padgen, with prefixed Mac. Mac = -son. According to Woulfe, Paidin originated in the North of England as a proper name, a diminutive of Patrick, "little Pat:" so the patronymic means "son of little Pat:" son of Padin, Patten, Padyn, Paden, Padian, Padden, Patten, Patton, Payton, etc. Padyn is a surname in the English Hundred Rolls, and turns up in Ireland (in 1216) in the Dublin Roll of Names. (It was originally a popular Roman name, Patricius, meaning noble; patrician. It was the name of S. Augustine's heathen father).

The name Mac Paidin was adopted by a head of the Barrett family (Bareid in Irish), which had come into Ireland with Richard de Clare (Strongbow) in 1169, at some time after they had become Lords of Tirawley and had gone native. Imitating the style of a native chief, an earlier head of the family had begun to call himself The Mac Bhaitin Bareid. Bhaitin is another English formation, Watten, meaning "little Walter," known in England before 1066. This name seems to have been only the title of the head of the Barretts of Tirawley and was never used to designate the whole family; eventually it fell out of use altogether. On the other hand, the Barrett family was certainly known by the name Mac Paidin in the 15th century, and Richard its head, the Chief of the Name, was calling himself The Mac Paidin, until Queen Elizabeth told him he was an Englishman, and to stop the nonsense.


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