When Robert Donald Patterson was born in 1909, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, his father, James Patterson, was 20 and his mother, Florence Decima Champion, was 21. He married Mavis Maud Oakes in 1935, in Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia. He died on 24 March 1952, in Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia, at the age of 43, and was buried in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.
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 .