Paden

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The garden visitor- Wollerton Old Hall

Origin: Irish, Scottish, English

Meaning: I’ve seen it described as a modern invention using the popular aden suffix but it also has a long history as a surname as well. It could be an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Páidín meaning “son of Páidín”, Páidín being a pet form of Pádraig/Patrick (Patrician/nobleman).

It could also be a variant spelling of Patton, also a surname which is either a short form of Patrick + the diminutive suffix -in meaning “little Pat” or “son of Pat”; or it could be from Middle English pate meaning “head” or “skull” referring to someone who was either bald or had cropped hair.

Variants: Peden, Patton, Padden, Padon, Patten

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