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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Pa`té"
See Patté.
noun Pa`té"
  1. A pie. See Patty.
  2. [Fort] A kind of platform with a parapet, usually of an oval form, and generally erected in marshy grounds to cover a gate of a fortified place.(R)

Etymology: F. pâté

noun Pate
  1. The head of a person; the top, or crown, of the head.(Now generally used in contempt or ridicule)"His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate." [Ps. vii. 16.]"Fat paunches have lean pate." [Shak.]
  2. The skin of a calf's head.

Etymology: Cf. LG. & Prov. G. pattkopf patzkopf, scabby head; patt patz, scab + kopf head

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The top of the head
  2. Liver or meat or fowl finely minced or ground and variously seasoned

Notable Persons Named Pate

Pate Mustajärvi is a rock music singer, drummer, and singing. His most notable accomplishments were from 1977 to present. Pate was given the name Pauli Mustajärvi on July 12th, 1956 in Tampere.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Pate

K. Michelle is a contemporary r&b and soul music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2009 to present. K. was given the name Kimberly Michelle Pate on March 4th, 1984 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.


Michael Pate was a film, television, radio, stage actor, film director, and screenwriter. He was most active from 1940 to 1996. Michael was given the name Edward John Pate on February 26th, 1920 in Drummoyne, New South Wales, Australia. He left this life on September 1st, 2008.


Jerry Pate is a golf player.


Maurice was born on October 14th, 1894. He left this life on January 19th, 1965.


David was born on April 16th, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA.


Randolph McCall Pate is a military person. His military service ended in 1959.


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Popularity of Pate as a last name

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Common last names for Pate

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Pate U.S.
  White 80.28% 64.26%
  African American 14.15% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.88% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.91% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.92% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.85% 16.26%

Of Last Name Pate

People with the last name Pate are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Pate

  • How Popular is the name Pate? Pate is the 24,361st most popular name of all time. As a last name Pate was the 1,208th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Pate have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 242 babies born with the first name Pate in the United States. That's more than enough people named Pate to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Pate? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1901 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Pate first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Pate is Thursday, October 31st, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Pate born? The highest recorded use of the first name Pate was in 2003 with a total of 13 babies.
  • Random Pate Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Pate is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Pate: Your name in reverse order is Etap. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Peta. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Pate? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 29,327 people with the last name Pate.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Pate? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Pate as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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