"noble, patrician"

Patrick Origin and Meaning

The name Patrick is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "noble, patrician".

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.

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.

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.

# 224 in the US

Patrick Rank in US Top 1000

# 279 on Nameberry

Patrick Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Patrick Popularity

Famous People Named Patrick

  • Patrick SwayzeAmerican actor
  • Patrick Vaughn Stump (born Patrick Martin Stumph)lead singer of American band Fall Out Boy
  • Saint Patrick5th century missionary; patron saint of Ireland
  • Patrick HenryAmerican Founding Father; 1st governor of Virginia
  • Patrick James "Pat" Carneydrummer of American band The Black Keys
  • Patrick Aloysius EwingAmerican basketball player
  • Patrick Joseph LeahyU.S. Senator from Vermont
  • Patrick Joseph "Pat" BuchananAmerican political commentator
  • Patrick CassidyAmerican actor
  • Patrick Michael "Pat" RafterAustralian tennis player
  • Patrick Leonard "Pat" SajakAmerican TV game show host
  • Patrick VieiraFrench footballer
  • Patrick Lewis WaiKuan Chan, Canadian Figure Skater
  • Patrick Galen DempseyAmerican actor
  • Neil Patrick HarrisAmerican actor
  • Patrick HarveyAustralian actor
  • Patrick O'Brianborn Richard Patrick Russ, writer of the Aubrey,Maturin series
  • Patrick KieltyIrish comedian
  • Patrick John "PJ" LaddAmerican professional skateboarder
  • Patrick Lamark Hawkins aka Fat PatAmerican rapper
  • Patrick SarsfieldEarl of Lucan, Irish general
  • Patrick GaubertFrench MEP
  • Patrick LouisFrench MEP
  • Patrick StewartEnglish actor
  • Patrick Alfred CaldwellMoore, English astronomer
  • Patrick Dennispen name of Edward Everett Tanner, American novelist
  • Patrick Micheal Filanson of Westlife singer Shane Filan
  • Patrick KaneAmerican hockey player
  • Patrick SharpCanadian hockey player
  • Patrick "Pat" aka PopularMMOsAmerican YouTuber
  • Patrick M. SeymourAmerican voice actor
  • Patrick Ryan Sommer (b. 2010)son of American actor Rich Sommer
  • Patrick "Paddy" John FluegarAmerican Actor
  • Patrick Warren (b. 1985)11 year old British boy missing since 1996
  • Patrick FioriFrench,Armenian singer

Patrick in Pop Culture

  • Patrick "Pat" Duganalso known as S.T.R.I.P.E., character in DC Universe
  • Sodapop Patrick Curtischaracter in S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders"
  • Patrick Batemanmain character in Bret Easton Ellis' "American Psycho"
  • Patrick Hendrycharacter in "The Thing" series
  • Shawn Patrick Huntercharacter on TV's "Boy Meets World"
  • Patrick Janemain character on TV's "The Mentalist"
  • Patrick Solitanocharacter in film "Silver Linings Playbook"
  • Patrick Starstarfish on animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants"
  • Patrick Turnercharacter on TV's "Call the Midwife"
  • Patrick Veronacharacter in film "10 Things I Hate About You"
  • Patrickdog in the Gone series by Michael Grant
  • Patrick Keenancharacter in film "The Kings Of Summer"
  • Patrickcharacter in Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
  • Patrick the Waitercharacter on TV's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody"
  • "Patrick" 1978 Australian film and its main character
  • Patrickcharacter in "Out of the Easy" by Ruta Sepetys
  • Patrick Kenziedetective in Dennis Lehane's Kenzie and Genarro book series
  • Patrick "Packie" McRearycharacter in the video game "Grand Theft Auto 4"

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