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Gender: M Meaning of Patrick: "noble, patrician" Origin of Patrick: Latin Patrick's Popularity in 2013: #154

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Patrick, long tied to a hyper-Irish image, is enjoying something of a renaissance as a stylish classic, as it has long been considered in England. Along with such choices as Charles and George, Patrick has escaped overuse in recent decades.

Though it's still at a healthy Number 154, why has Patrick slipped from its high of Number 30 in the 1960s? Partly to blame might be its androgynous nicknames, Pat and Patsy. But with more and more parents calling their sons by their full names, this becomes less of an issue. Patrick is still a Top 25 name in Ireland.

An American hero name via Patrick ("Give me liberty or give me death.") Henry, there are also a number of more recent noteworthy Patricks, including Ewing, Swayze, Dempsey, Buchanan, Stewart and Wilson. And Patrick is still a recent presence on such shows as The Mentalist and Desperate Housewives.

You also may want to consider the name's native version, Padraig, which was used for his son by Patrick Ewing, or a European version such as Patrice (French), Patrizio (Italian) or Patricio (Spanish).

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, credited with converting his people to Christianity in the fifth century, which would give a son with this name a widely--and raucously-- celebrated holiday.

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Famous People Named Patrick

Patrick Carney, drummer for blues rock band The Black Keys
Patrick Cassidy, American actor
Patrick Chan, Canadian Figure Skater
Patrick Galen Dempsey, American actor
Neil Patrick Harris, American actor
Patrick Harvey, Australian actor
Patrick Kielty, Irish stand-up comedian
Patrick John "PJ" Ladd, American professional skateboarder
Patrick Lamark Hawkins, American rapper
Patrick Sarsfield, Earl of Lucan, Irish general
Patrick Stewart, English actor
Patrick Vaughn Stump (Patrick Martin Stumph), Fall Out Boy's lead singer

Pop Culture References for the Name Patrick

Patrick Bateman, main character in the novel and film American Psycho
Shawn Patrick Hunter, from TV's "Boy Meets World"
Patrick Jane, main character in The Mentalist
Patrick Solitano, from Silver Linings Playbook
Patrick Star, from SpongeBob Squarepants
Dr. Patrick Turner, character on BBC series "Call the Midwife"
Patrick Verona, from 10 Things I Hate About You
Patrick, Lana Arwen Lazar's loyal labrador in GONE book series by Michael Grant
Patrick from the movie The Kings Of Summer
Patrick, from the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Patrick the Waiter from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Patrick Dennis, character from book/movie "Auntie Mame"

Paddey, Paddie, Paddy, Pat, Patrece, Patric, Patrice, Patrickk, Patricus, Patrik, Patrique, Patrizius, Pats, Patsy, Patten, Patton, Pattrick

Patrick's International Variations

Patricius (Dutch) Páraic, Pádraig (Irish Gaelic) Patrizio (Italian) Patek, Patryk (Polish) Patricio (Portuguese) Padrik (Slavic)