Paternoster means ‘our father’ in Latin. The village is said to be named for the grateful prayers of Portuguese shipwreck survivors, but this is mere speculation.
Cape Columbine lighthouse, near Paternoster, was the last manned lighthouse to be built along the South African coastline – in 1936. The light can be seen for 50km and one keeper still mans the lighthouse.
People born and bred in Paternoster are known as ‘mosselvreters’ or mussel eaters.