from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- American family of journalists, including Robert Wilson Patterson (1850-1910), editor in chief of the Chicago Tribune (1899-1910). His son Joseph Medill Patterson (1879-1946) founded (1919) the New York Daily News, and his daughter Eleanor Medill Patterson (1884-1948) founded (1939) the Washington Times-Herald.
- Patterson, Floyd 1935-2006. American prizefighter who held the world heavyweight title from 1956 to 1959 and 1960 to 1962.
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- proper n. An English and Irish patronymic surname.
From a Middle English short form of Patrick + -son. (Wiktionary)