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Origin - Meanings of Surnames strting with ' P '

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P A T T E R S O N
 
Patrick's son, the son of Patrick.
See Patrick
From the Latin Patrisius, noble, a senator; the name of the tutelary saint of Ireland.

P A T T O N
 
English, northern Irish, and Scottish: from a pet form of the personal name Pate.
personal name Pat(t), Pate, a short form of Patrick.
nickname for a man with a bald head, pate 'head', 'skull'.
French (Pate'): Old French 'with paws' 'pawed', nickname applied presumably to man with large and clumsy hands and feet.
German: nickname for trustworthy man, pate, german pade 'godfather', 'male relative' (see Paeth), or alternatively from a personal name Bado, probably meaning 'battle', 'fight'.

P E E B L E S
 
Locality.  from the town and shire of Peebles, in Scotland.  Pohl, Welsh, people, and lle, a place; Pobull, Gaelic, people, and cis, many; the place of many people.

P E R R Y
 
If not synonymous with Parry, it is local, from Pierre (French), a stone, signifying a stony place, abounding in rocks.

P O O L (E)
 
Locality.  A small collection of water in a hollow place, supplied by a spring; a small lake.  'John at the Pool,' became 'John Pool .'  A town Dorsetshire, England.

P R Y O R
 
English: variant spelling of Prior.
Southern English, Scottish, Dutch, and German: ultimately from Latin prior 'superior'.
Irish: Irish Gaelic Mac an Phiora 'son of the prior'. Some examples may be Anglo-Norman.
Portuguese, Spanish, and Catalan: from prior, probably denoting someone in the service of a prior or a nickname for someone behaved in a pompous way.

P U T N A M
 
(Origin Dutch) From Put or Putten, a well, and ham, a house or town.  Welltown, or the house by the well.

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