Feudum Paternum Law and Legal Definition

Feudum paternum means a paternal fee. The term feudum refers to an estate of inheritance; an interest in land descendible to heirs. Feudum paternum is a feud or fee which could only descend to heirs on the father's side of the family. [Doe ex dem. Sheppard v. Sheppard, 7 N.C. 333, 405 (N.C. 1819)].