When John Warren Patterson was born on 22 July 1839, in Ohio, United States, his father, Jesse Patterson, was 49 and his mother, Frances "Fannie" Drake, was 34. He died before 1850, in Wisconsin, United States.
Scottish and northern English: variant of Patrickson ‘son of Patrick ’, which was either shortened to Patrison and metathesized to Patterson, or shortened from Paterickson to Patterson.
Irish: in Ulster, this name is of English or Scottish origin, but in County Galway, it was also taken by bearers of the Gaelic name Ó Caisín ‘descendant of the little curly-headed one’ (from Gaelic casín ‘curly’), which is usually Anglicized as Cussane. In addition to the confusion between Irish Gaelic casín ‘curly’ and cosán ‘path’, there has also been an erroneous assumption that the English name Patterson is somehow derived from the English word path.
English: 19th-century variant of Patteson, a shortened form of Pattinson .