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Gender: Female Meaning of Patricia: "noble, patrician" Origin of Patricia: Latin Patricia's Popularity in 2017: #889

The name Patricia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "noble, patrician". Patricia is ranked #889 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Classic Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

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. 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, and Patricia is Rooney Mara's birth name.

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Famous People Named Patricia

Patricia Castle Richardson, American actress
Patricia (Carroll Daniels) Cornwell, American novelist
Patricia T. Arquette, American actress
Patricia Mell "Patti" Blagojevich, wife of U.S. politician Rod Blagojevich
Patricia Helen "Pat" Kennedy Lawford, sister of President John F. Kennedy, wife of actor Peter Lawford
Patricia Marie Elizabeth "Patti" Murin, American actress
Patricia Helen Heaton, American actress
Patricia Davies Clarkson, American actress
Patsy Louise "Patricia" Neal, American actress
Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith, American singer-songwriter and poet
(Mary) Patricia Highsmith, American novelist
Patricia Lynn "Patty" Murray, U.S. Senator from Washington
Patricia Jane "Patty" Berg, American pro golfer
Patricia Jean "Patty" Griffin, American singer-songwriter
(Victoria) Patricia Helena Elizabeth, Princess of Connaught, granddaughter of Britain's Queen Victoria
Patricia Anne "Pattie" Boyd, English model and photographer, ex-wife of Eric Clapton and George Harrison
Patricia "Pattie" Mallette, mother of Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber
Patricia Day, Danish lead singer and bassist of band Horrorpops
Patricia Donnelly, Miss America 1939
Patricia Rooney Mara, American actress and heiress
Patricia Tarabini, Argentine tennis player
Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, Austrian tennis player
Patricia Hy-Boulais, Hong-Kong-Canadian tennis player
Patricia Lee-Lloyd, half-sister of Oprah Winfrey
Patricia Yurena Rodríguez (Alonso), Miss Spain 2013
Patricia Peklar, Miss Earth Slovenia 2014
Patricia Medrado, Brazilian tennis player
Patricia Javiera López Menadier, Chilean actress
(Claudia) Patricia Murillo, Miss El Salvador Universe 2014
Edith Vivian Patricia Upton (b. 2015), daughter of actress Cate Blanchett
Patricia Borsanyi, Hungarian rhythmic gymnast
Patricia "Pat" Summitt, American basketball coach
Patricia Pendergraft, author

Pop Culture References for the name Patricia

Patricia "Pat" O'Sullivan, a main character in the St Clare series by Enid Blyton; twin of sister Isabel
Patricia, minor character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
Patricia Jenner, character in movie "Jeepers Creepers"
Patricia "Patti" Mayonnaise, character from animated series "Doug"
(Scarlett) Patricia Moon Butcher, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Patricia Kent, character on TV's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"
Patricia Ray, character from What Real Life Is
Patricia 'Patty' Halliwell, character on TV series "Charmed"
Patricia Brown, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Patricia Williamson, character on Nickelodeon's "House of Anubis"
Patricia Thornton, character on TV's "MacGyver"
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Patrea, Paddy, Trisa, Trish, Patsy, Patrisha, Patty, Pat, Patie, Patria, Patti, Patee, Pati, Tricia, Patrisia, Trisha, Trishia, Trisia

Patricia's International Variations

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