Gender: Female Meaning of Patricia: "noble, patrician" Origin of Patricia: Latin Patricia's Popularity in 2019: #938

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. 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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Rank in US: #938

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Famous People Named Patricia

Pop Culture References for the name Patricia

Patrea, Paddy, Trisa, Trish, Patsy, Patrisha, Patty, Pat, Patie, Patria, Patti, Patee, Pati, Tricia, Patrisia, Trisha,

Patricia's International Variations

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


QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I really hate this name. I don't understand why it was SO popular for SO long!

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I'd be a Trixie, NOT A PAT, PATTY OR PATSY!

EvaThyssen Says:


Patricia is gorgeous. If I have a daughter, I'll call her Claudia Patricia. Patricia is my mum's middle name and it evokes me warmth and affection.

Essa Says:


This is my mum's name and I've always hated it as does she. However, the other day I suddenly began to like it and could actually see myself having a daughter called Patricia nn Patsy. I think it's finally time to bring it back.

peace, love, and nutella Says:


I know eight girls named Patricia and four named Tricia/Trisha. Six are in my grade at school, one is in the grade below, and three are in the year above. The other one was a classmate in first and second grades, but she just sort of dropped off the face of the earth. I think the name sounds really pretty, but I don't think I'd use it because it's common around here. Or maybe it's just a generational quirk, like Linda in the 1950's.

AriellaBar Says:


Probably still considered a "mom name" because it was big in the 1940s. I recently met a college student named Patricia and was struck by its beauty. I hope it has a big comeback. It's such a regal sounding, international name.

AriellaBar Says:


You forgot to mention that Pato ("duck") is used affectionately. :) My friend Patricia in Spain is called Pati, which might not work in the US.

vintageisfave Says:


My friends name is Patricia and the name fits her personality exactly. She's bookish, smart, and artistic. Only teachers and other students call her by her full name, however; her closer friends call her Tricia, and her family calls her Trish. I love the nickname Tricia:)

Ric Lotfinia Says:


My name is Patricia Jean, I really appreciate the love my parents showed in naming me "well-born gracious gift from God". I prefer the use of my whole name but it appears, it is simply too much for most people. I can't stand the traditional nicknames so I use Ric, it fits me best. To everyone finding Patricia a cool name, it is really a very cool name :)

Zelliew Says:


Patsy is really cute

MissAussie1992 Says:


I am a Patricia and very happy with my name. I think it's pretty and bookish. I don't really like the nicknames though, and as an adult I've been firm on having my full name used. That said, a baby Patty or Patsy would be cute.

Jo Jo Says:


This is my mother's name, though everyone calls her Patty. Until recently, I left this name off our lists, but the more I think of it, the more I fall in love with it. I despise Pat (thank you SNL), Trish, and Tricia, but can imagine a little Patty, Patsy, or full-name-only Patricia.

Guest Says:


All Patricias I know are smart.

MilenaHaghar Says:


In Argentina, Patricia and Patricio are both nicknamed Pato, which is the spanish word for duck.

Maisie Says:


I really like this name its very pretty

Eva Thyssen Says:


My mum's name is Jessica Patricia. I love this name! ^_^

Guest Says:


Nobody seems to love this name as much as I do lol. It's so pretty to me. If you wanna make it modern you could call her Pax or Pixie as a nickname!

faithnamer Says:


Patricia is my mother's name, though she's gone by Trish for her whole adult life. I'm not too fond of it as a first name, but I would consider it as a middle to honor her.