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Paternoster Name Meaning

English (Essex), French, German, and Italian (Apulia and Basilcata): from Latin pater noster ‘Our Father’, the opening words of the Lord’s Prayer, which is represented by large beads punctuating the rosary. The surname was a metonymic occupational name for a maker of rosaries, often a shortened form of the Middle English, Middle High German occupational term paternosterer. It may also have been originally a nickname for an excessively pious individual or for someone who was under a feudal obligation to say paternosters for his master as part of the service by which he held land. Dutch: probably a habitational name from the name of a house in Delft, ‘Int paternoster’, built in 1600. In this case the derivation is from the word as a term for manacles which hold the hands together so that it appears that the restrained person is praying.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Paternoster Family Origin

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Paternoster Family Occupations

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    14%
  • Carpenter

    5%
  • Chemist

    5%
  • Fishmonger

    5%

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Carpenter and Chemist were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Paternoster. A less common occupation for the Paternoster family was Fishmonger. The most common Paternoster occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 14% of Paternoster's were Agricultural Labourers.

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