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Gender: F Meaning of Patricia: "noble, patrician" Origin of Patricia: Latin Patricia's Popularity in 2013: #680

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Patricia still sounds patrician, though its scores of nicknames definitely don't. Wildly popular from the forties (Number 4 in 1948) through the sixties, Patricia has been fading ever since--but a comeback in its full form is definitely conceivable--just look at Penelope.

Patricia began not in Ireland, as you may think, but evolved in Scotland, going on to become mega popular in Britain after the christening of Queen Victoria's granddaughter, Princess Patricia of Connaught, known to one and all as 'Princess Pat' (though called Patsy by the family).

Several of Patricia's short forms took on lives of their own--first Patsy, which was replaced by Patti/Patty, followed by the more upwardly mobile Tricia, Trisha, Trish, Tisha and Tish. The one form that hasn't been picked up here, but is often heard in England on its own, is the fresher sounding Patia. Patrizia is an attractive Italian version.

Two bestselling contemporary novelists are Patricia Highsmith and Patricia Cornwell.

Trivia tidbits: Pat Nixon was born Thelma, Patricia is Rooney Mara's birth name.

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Famous People Named Patricia

Patricia Richardson, American actress
Patricia Cornwell, American novelist
Patricia Arquette, American actress
Patricia Mell "Patti" Blagojevich, former First Lady of Illinois
Patricia Heaton, American actress
Patricia Clarkson, American actress
Patricia Neal, American actress
Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith, American singer-songwriter and poet
Patricia Highsmith, American novelist
Patricia Day, Danish lead singer & bassist of the band "Horrorpops"
Patricia Donnelly, Miss America 1939
(Patricia) Rooney Mara, American Oscar-nominated actress and heiress

Pop Culture References for the Name Patricia

Patricia, a minor character on AMC's The Walking Dead (Jane McNeill)
Patricia "Pepper" Potts, Iron Man character played by Gwyneth Paltrow
Patricia "Patti" Mayonnaise, character from animated series Doug

Paddy, Pat, Patee, Pati, Patie, Patrea, Patria, Patrisha, Patrisia, Patsy, Patti, Patty, Tricia, Trisa, Trish, Trisha, Trishia, Trisia

Patricia's International Variations

Patrice (French) Pádraigín (Irish Gaelic) Patrizia (Italian) Patryka (Polish) Patrika (Scandinavian) Padrika (Slavic)