pah-TRISH-ah, pah-TRISH-ee-ah
"noble, patrician"

Patricia Origin and Meaning

The name Patricia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "noble, patrician".

Patricia still sounds patrician, though its scores of nicknames definitely don't. Wildly popular from the forties (alternately Number 3 and 4 throughout the decade) to 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 some 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 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. Patrizia is an attractive Italian version.

Two bestselling contemporary novelists are Patricia Highsmith and Patricia Cornwell, and Patricia is also Rooney Mara's birth name.

# 938 in the US

Patricia Rank in US Top 1000

# 472 on Nameberry

Patricia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Patricia Popularity

Famous People Named Patricia

  • Patricia Castle RichardsonAmerican actress
  • Patricia (Carroll Daniels) CornwellAmerican novelist
  • Patricia T. ArquetteAmerican actress
  • Patricia Mell "Patti" Blagojevichwife of U.S. politician Rod Blagojevich
  • Patricia Helen "Pat" Kennedy Lawfordsister of President John F. Kennedy, wife of actor Peter Lawford
  • Patricia Marie Elizabeth "Patti" MurinAmerican actress
  • Patricia Helen HeatonAmerican actress
  • Patricia Davies ClarksonAmerican actress
  • Patsy Louise "Patricia" NealAmerican actress
  • Patricia Lee "Patti" SmithAmerican singer,songwriter and poet
  • (Mary) Patricia HighsmithAmerican novelist
  • Patricia Lynn "Patty" MurrayU.S. Senator from Washington
  • Patricia Jane "Patty" BergAmerican pro golfer
  • Patricia Jean "Patty" GriffinAmerican singer,songwriter
  • (Victoria) Patricia Helena ElizabethPrincess of Connaught, granddaughter of Britain's Queen Victoria
  • Patricia Anne "Pattie" BoydEnglish model and photographer, ex,wife of Eric Clapton and George Harrison
  • Patricia "Pattie" Mallettemother of Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber
  • Patricia DayDanish lead singer and bassist of band Horrorpops
  • Patricia DonnellyMiss America 1939
  • Patricia Rooney MaraAmerican actress and heiress
  • Patricia TarabiniArgentine tennis player
  • Patricia MayrAchleitner, Austrian tennis player
  • Patricia HyBoulais, Hong,Kong,Canadian tennis player
  • Patricia LeeLloyd, half,sister of Oprah Winfrey
  • Patricia Yurena Rodríguez (Alonso)Miss Spain 2013
  • Patricia PeklarMiss Earth Slovenia 2014
  • Patricia MedradoBrazilian tennis player
  • Patricia Javiera López MenadierChilean actress
  • (Claudia) Patricia MurilloMiss El Salvador Universe 2014
  • Edith Vivian Patricia Upton (b. 2015)daughter of actress Cate Blanchett
  • Patricia BorsanyiHungarian rhythmic gymnast
  • Patricia "Pat" SummittAmerican basketball coach
  • Patricia Pendergraftauthor

Patricia in Pop Culture

  • Patricia "Pat" O'Sullivana main character in the St Clare series by Enid Blyton; twin of sister Isabel
  • Patriciaminor character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
  • Patricia Jennercharacter in movie "Jeepers Creepers"
  • Patricia "Patti" Mayonnaisecharacter from animated series "Doug"
  • (Scarlett) Patricia Moon Butchercharacter on British soap "EastEnders"
  • Patricia Kentcharacter on TV's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"
  • Patricia Raycharacter from What Real Life Is
  • Patricia 'Patty' Halliwellcharacter on TV series "Charmed"
  • Patricia Browncharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Patricia Williamsoncharacter on Nickelodeon's "House of Anubis"
  • Patricia Thorntoncharacter on TV's "MacGyver"
  • "Patricia!!!!!" Vine