When James Bernard Patterson was born on 23 April 1823, in Grayson, Kentucky, United States, his father, John Patterson, was 42 and his mother, Rebecca Troutman, was 31. He married Parmelia Mattingly on 21 November 1847, in Grayson, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Leitchfield, Grayson, Kentucky, United States in 1880. He died on 2 October 1896, in Grayson, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Beaver Dam Cemetery, Leitchfield, Grayson, Kentucky, 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 .