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Gender: M Origin of Paddy: Irish, diminutive of Patrick

Because it's a generic (and often derogatory) term for an Irishman, Paddy fell out of use as a diminutive or given name, though actress Mare Winningham used it not long ago.

Famous People Named Paddy

Paddy Considine (real name Patrick), English actor, film director, and screenwriter
Paddy Andrews, renowned Dublin GAA player
Paddy O'Connell (b. 2010), son of Paul O'Connell & Emily O'Leary

Pop Culture References for the name Paddy

Paddy Button, character in "The Blue Lagoon"
Nickname for Paddington

Padraic, Paddi, Paddie, Paddey, Padraig