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The nationality of Paterson is often complicated to determine because countries change over time, leaving the original nationality indeterminate. The original ethnicity of Paterson may be in dispute depending on whether the surname came about naturally and independently in different locales; for example, in the case of last names that come from a professional trade, which can appear in multiple places independently (such as the surname "Archer" which was given to people who were bowmen).

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The meaning of Paterson come may come from a trade, such as the name "Carpenter" which was given to woodworkers. Some of these profession-based surnames might be a profession in some other language. For this reason it is essential to understand the country of origin of a name, and the languages spoken by its early ancestors. Many western names like Paterson come from religious texts like the Quran, the Bhagavadgītā, the Bible, etc. Often these names relate to a religious phrase such as "Worthy of praise".

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Knowing spelling variations and alternate spellings of the Paterson family name are important to understanding the history of the name. In the past, when few people knew how to write, names such as Paterson were written down based on their pronunciation when people's names were written in official records. This could have led to misspellings of Paterson. Names like Paterson transform in how they're written as they travel across tribes, family unions, and languages over the years.

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