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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

Patrick George "Paddy" Considine, English actor and director
Jeremy John Durham "Paddy" Ashdown, Baron Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, British politician
Patrick James "Paddy" McCourt, Irish footballer
Patrick Francis "Paddy" McGill, Irish journalist and politician
Sidney Aaron "Paddy" Chayefsky, American playwright, screenwriter and novelist
Paddy Moloney, Irish musician of band The Chieftains
Patrick Joseph "Paddy" McAloon, English singer-songwriter of band Prefab Sprout.
Mathias 'Paddy' Bauler, American politician and Chicago political boss
Patrick Joseph "Paddy" McGuinness, English comedian
Padraic Pearse "Paddy" McGuinness, Australian journalist
Patrick Michael "Paddy" Clancy, Irish musician of the Clancy Brothers
Paddy Andrews, Irish footballer
Patrick Joseph "Paddy" Kenny, Irish footballer
John Leo "Paddy" Driscoll, American NFL football player
Paddy Ryan, Irish-American boxer
Patrick "Paddy" Mapel (b. 1985), son of actress Mare Winningham; twin of brother Jack
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"
Paddy Lestrange, son of Emmeline and Richard in "The Blue Lagoon"
Nickname for Paddington

Padraic, Paddi, Paddie, Paddey, Padraig