A Scottish, English and German surname, Pate comes from the Old French term ‘patte’ which means a paw. From the Middle Low German the term ’pade’ means a male relative and from the Middle English the term ’pate’ means skull or crown of the head. The spelling variations for Pate include Patte, Payt, Pait and Patt. In England the Pate name is mostly along the eastern and central region of the country. Those counties with the greater Pate populations include Lancashire, Cheshire, Cambridgeshire and the city of London. In Scotland those with the Pate family name generally live in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, West Lothian, Argyll and Berwickshire counties. Within the United States the Pate surname originated mostly in the southern states. Those with the greater population numbers were North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. Famous: Steve Pate (professional golfer), Charles William Pate (civil engineer), Maurice Pate (first director of Unicef organization), Danny Pate (professional bicycle racer), Richard Pate (established the Pate’s Grammar School in Cheltenham, England in 1574), Janex Pate (footballer and then manager) and Jerry Pate (professional golfer).